During last season’s final game against Sunderland at Stamford bridge as John Terry made his final appearance as a Chelsea player, there was still a stinging reminder that he is the last player to emerge from the club’s prestigious academy. The success of our academy side over the years demand that the club should have had more homegrown players in the first team. The likes of Scott Sinclair, Dominic Solanke, Ryan Bertrand and a host of other young stars have sought moves out of the club for greener pastures after finding the route to the first team a bridge too far.
More so, the reason behind giving these youngsters the chance to shine is borne out of the fact that the transfer market is becoming more competitive and expensive. The difficulty of finding the right players that would represent value for money is also a mainstay. On the flipside, the benefit of integrating the young players into the first team and giving them the opportunity to show what they are made of would save the club valuable cash and better our academy prospects.
Here are 3 players that could be of great value to Chelsea:
Lewis Baker is a two-footed creative and technical midfield player. The midfielder has been an emerging force for Chelsea in our academy ranks. He shone brightly for Chelsea’s youth team and also won laurels. His mind-blowing performances at Vitesse on loan should give considerations for him to be a first team player at the club. With good technical ability, impressive skillset and scoring touch, the young true blue should be in the Chelsea first team.
The versatile and dynamic young defender is one of Chelsea’s stars of the future. His positional play, defensive nous and maturity at a young age make him an asset for the club. Strings of good performances at his time at on loan at Watford and Bournemouth as well as impressive cameo appearances for the club towards the tail-end of the season makes him a viable option for Chelsea next season.
“His all-round play has been really good.
“He is honest and genuine. You have to drag him off the training ground — he is so enthusiastic, he claps himself when he wins a corner. He is a genuinely good guy.
“He can score goals, and all the other stuff he also does well.
“He is fearless — no fear. He believes in his own ability. He has had a terrific international career.
“He pushed on at Bristol City and earned an U21 place and now he maybe will ply his trade in the Premier League. Hopefully he will play regularly, wherever he goes.”
Those are words of England U-21 Coach, Aidy Borthroyd who likened the striker to Bayern Munich star striker, Robert Lewandoski. Such a comparison might be over the line, but the player is a class-act. The 19-year-old finished as the second highest goalscorer in the Championship with 23 goals, becoming the highest scoring teenager in the competition.
He followed up that record with another coup, taking home the top three honours at Bristol City’s end of season awards, having picked up their Top Scorer Award as well as both Player of the Year and Young Player of the Year. Surely he will be a good addition to Chelsea.
Let’s hope for the best. Cheers!