Antonio Conte and Chelsea are resigned to losing Dominic Solanke at the end of the season.
The 19-year-old is one of the most highly rated youngsters to have come out of the Chelsea academy, and his records while playing in the junior team speaks for himself.
Solanke has tried to hold Chelsea to ransom, by demanding a salary worth £50,000, when he’s yet to prove himself at the club. Chelsea aren’t ready to give in to his demands, and Arsenal and Liverpool are reportedly interested in signing the youngster that Chelsea have groomed for the past few years.
If he eventually leaves Chelsea at the end of the season, we might be losing a huge talent, but we still have enough in store. Already, Bertrand Traore is a young striker that’s already proving he’s worth a shot in the Chelsea senior team, and he gave a good account of himself last season under Guus Hiddink; he’s also doing well at his loan club, Ajax.
There are two Chelsea academy products that have just the quality to reach great heights as well.
The 19-year-old striker is another youngster who doesn’t only have the prospect to be a star, but is already revealing how far he can go with his awesome performances in his first loan spell.
Abraham joined Chelsea at U8 level and was part of the Chelsea youth side which recorded back to back triumphs in both the UEFA Youth League and the FA Youth Cup in 2015 and 2016. In the 2016 edition of the UEFA Youth League, Abraham scored eight goals in nine matches, making him the tournament’s highest goalscorer and giving him an incredible reputation at the club.
He’s currently on loan with Bristol City, and the Chelsea youngster has taken the Championship by storm. He has proven that his goals for the junior team wasn’t a fluke; he started his stint with the Championship side in amazing form, and even scored on his debut. Abraham scored his 16th Championship goal in the 2–2 draw against Sheffield Wednesday, breaking the record of former Fulham striker Moussa Dembélé for the most goals scored by a teenager since the beginning of the Football League Championship era.
He currently has 18 goals in the Championship.
18-year-old Ike Ugbo is another promising talent coming through the ranks at Chelsea. He signed as an Under-10 and, although he’s currently a striker, he spent the majority of his younger schoolboy years playing in a number of different positions.
Ugbo established a goal-a-game record for the youth team in 2015/16, and is currently banging in the goals for the development squad.
Ugbo has scored five goals in the Premier League 2 this season, 2 goals in the EFL Trophy and 2 goals in the FA Youth Cup trophy. Ike Ugbo is definitely one for the future.
Chelsea surely have an abundance of talent coming through, and if the Blues provide managerial stability and a good path for transition, we have players that could reach the heights of Manchester United’s class of 92 that produced talents like Ryan Giggs, David Beckham, Nicky Butt, Gary Neville, Phil Neville and Paul Scholes.