Former Chelsea captain John Terry has admitted it is hard for youngsters to break through at Chelsea.
Kevin De Bruyne, Romelu Lukaku and Mohamed Salah have all flourished after leaving Chelsea but Terry says Chelsea should have no regrets about letting them go when they did, because they were simply not good enough at the time.
“At the time they didn’t make our team stronger. Let’s not forget we were one of the best teams the Premier League has ever seen when they arrived,” Terry said on Monday Night Football.
“When they came in, they couldn’t make a big enough impact to sustain and keep their place. It’s very difficult to do.
“Even at Chelsea now, Andreas Christensen has come in, done great and now David Luiz is out and fighting for his place.
“When you’re a younger player, you can’t set the world alight in the last group game in the Champions League when you’ve already qualified.”
Terry also revealed he had to leave Chelsea on loan as a young player and return a better player before breaking into the first team at Chelsea.
“Sometimes you need to go away. I did it when I was younger,” Terry added.
“I went away and got a bit of game time, grew up a little bit and came back a better player. That’s what you have to do at these top clubs.”