Chelsea’s youth academy policy is already a publicised news with over 30 players going on loan every season.
During his time at the club, former Chelsea Chief Executive, Peter Kenyon expressed his frustration at the lack of young players the club produces. Since John Terry emerged, Chelsea have struggled to match Roman Abramovich’s goal of supplying the first team from their expensive youth academy. Here iswhat Kenyon had to say:
“I think it’s one of the biggest challenges,” said Kenyon.
“Every club is spending more time, more money and more resources on the academy. But the standard which we’re demanding of the players is just going up all the time.’
“I think we’re all producing more good players but it’s hard to get them to breakthrough at the level we need them and that will take time. The infrastructure is certainly there at our club, it is as good as anyone’s and I’m sure the next John Terry will be coming through.”
The grand plan to invest into the youth academy for it to supply the first team was a way of reducing cost of playing expensive players. Rather it has become more of a revenue outlet for Chelsea now. The successes of our youth team in recent years and with none of the young players making it into the first team is ridiculous. It is that they are not good enough? Certainly not! But the unwillingness to give them a chance. By José’s assessment: “In 10 mins…the club have found out they are not good enough for Chelsea.” The exit of contract rebel Dominic Solanke, the sale of Bertrand Traore, Nathan Ake and the likely reported departure of Charly Musonda, Nathaniel Chalobah (entering the final year of his contract) and Izzy Brown doesn’t bode well for the club.
Here are 3 reasons the club needs to review our youth policy:
WRONG MESSAGE TO CURRENT ACADEMY PLAYERS:
The club’s new strategy of buying promising young players for our academy, develop them and then sell them for a significant profit clearly sends a message to the others that they have no future at Chelsea. This scenario is excruciating for the youngsters. Former Chelsea youth player, Scot Sinclair gives his assertion on this:
“It depends what you mean by chance. To me, 10 minutes here and there is not a chance – a chance is playing week in, week out. They have some great quality youngsters but it’s very difficult for them to get in.”
INABILITY TO SIGN YOUNG PLAYERS:
Chelsea current youth policy could also factor in our buying of young players as they would see no need to join the club knowing that they won’t be given a chance.
LACK OF HOMEGROWN PLAYERS:
One criteria for team selection in the Premier league orders that clubs name homegrown players in their squad for every season. In the light of this, Chelsea’s need for homegrown might soon take its toll on the club if we don’t seek to raise our own superstars from our academy.
Let’s ponder on these… cheers!