Last night’s Carabao Cup third round tie between Chelsea and Nottingham Forest was a rematch of the 1972-73 third round tie. The result was by far the easiest fixture the club has negotiated on-field this season. The cosy manner of our 5-1 win must have delighted Conte and even the Chelsea faithful. But more glowing was the performance of the club’s youth academy products who all starred beyond the skies.
The star-showings of forlorn left wing-back Kenedy, Andreas Christensen, Nathan Ampadu and particularly Charly Musonda, was satisfying enough to make Chelsea fans dream of having one of their own in the first team in years to come.
The exit of John Terry as the last youth academy product to make it into the first team is a situation that has earned Chelsea more criticisms than applauses. But the skyrocket nature of the transfer window in terms of transfer fees in recent years should be the driving force for the club to develop our own stars in the no distant future.
Definitely the young players also have to take their chances as they come, which the likes of Christensen, Ampadu and Musonda have done so far. While Cahill has officially succeeded Terry as Chelsea Captain, the big challenge will be for Chelsea and Conte to blood them gradually into the first team and continue to give them even bigger platforms that will help them shine onto stardom. Until then, it will be more fantasy than reality for the fans to think of another player than John Terry as Chelsea’s last academy product. The time is now! Let’s dream….Cheers!