Chelsea have always been criticized by people for what has been tagged ‘failure to allow youthful talent grow through its first team’. And as much as we’re fans of this great club, and would defend it, it’s worth acknowledging that those criticisms aren’t far from being accurate.
Over the years, we’ve seen great young talent get shipped off to other countries and clubs on loan because they were deemed unfit for the Chelsea first team. Solanke, Piazon, Traore, Ake are the most recent victims of that policy. From the managers’ and Management’s perspective, it’s easy to understand why; obviously, Chelsea is a big club, and is supposed to compete favorably with the best out there, and to do that, we need the best proven legs, but then again, even the ‘best proven legs’ had to start somewhere. If you don’t give a young person a chance to show what they have, you may never find out. Chelsea fans have complained about this policy for years, and the recent sales of Ake and Traore brought the issue to the fore again.
However, as much as I am all for giving youth a chance, I also do think that we can’t really blame the powers that be for taking some of the transfer decisions they have taken concerning our youthful talent, because football today is about delivering on promises and set targets. With the likes of Man City and Man Utd firing on all cylinders with the best players out there, we can’t afford to rely on youthful talent that aren’t good enough. If a player is deemed not ready for the first team, the appropriate thing to do is take him to a lower team where he can mature with more game time, as against keeping him to languish on the bench.
I wasn’t happy about Ake’s sale because he is a good player, and I thought he proved himself last season, so it’s still unclear why he was sold off, really. However, I think that the recent loaning of striking talent, Tammy Abraham was the right call to make by Conte. Tammy is still very young, with lots of prospects, for the club to be able to land a team like Swansea is quite impressive. Tammy needs all the maturity he can get, as well as proper game time. If his history is anything to go by, he’ll have no problem slotting in well at Swansea. The club also being a top division team helps him get good knowledge of the EPL and how it works. For this, I think it’s fair to score Conte high on what has been a rather disappointing window so far. While we continue to wait on those dream signings, we can at least smile about something.
So what do are your thoughts about Tammy Abraham’s loan move to Swansea City?