With the league already secured, Antonio Conte had the luxury of throwing in the youngsters to face Watford on Monday night at Stamford Bridge.
Chelsea legend Pat Nevin couldn’t help but think about what the future holds for these youngsters next season, as he watched them impress against Watford.
He wrote in his column in the official Chelsea website: “Was that JT’s last goal for the Blues? If so it was great to see him get it so close to the end of his time here as our skipper. How many of those players chosen will be featuring more frequently for us next season? Nathan Ake, Kurt Zouma, Nathaniel Chalobah, Kenedy – without forgetting the unfortunately injured on the night Ruben Loftus-Cheek, will they continue to improve or will new players come in. Well they will, but who will they be and how many? How many loan players will be back to stake a claim after their education on a variety of loans comes to an end? Andreas Christensen, Tammy Abraham and a huge number of others will be waiting for the call and hoping.
“I was thinking about all these questions while I should have been concentrating on the Hornets, their stinging tackles intermittently waking me from my reverie.”