All talks of being a mad club, to sound bites promoted by the media and scathing attacks by opposition managers and the pundits about our business model for academy development, Chelsea currently have one of the best academy setup both continental and globally. The points being made about our academy being unutilised for the development of the first team are undeniably correct, and the broader picture really shows that the club has much work to do in this regard.
It’s now 20 years since John Terry made his debut for the club, and it’s quite disheartening that no other player has followed in his footsteps. To stoke the flames is our much-criticised loan system that many feel is mainly for income-generation for the club than help the development of our young players. The big question now is which player or players will finally break the shackles and become first team regulars for Chelsea?
The International break raised more dust about the club’s youth policy. Ethan Ampadu’s fine displays for Ryan Giggs’ Welsh side was so impressive that he looks ready for Chelsea’s first team. The question is: Will he be able to fulfill his potentials at Chelsea? Despite the steady rises of midfielder, Ruben Loftus-Cheek and defender Andreas Christensen over the last couple of years, they have not been able to earn regular places in the first team. Will they be able to fulfill their potentials at the club? Another hot prospect, Callum Hudson-Odoi, whose dazzling skill and play has made him a star during pre-season will be wondering what he must do to break into the first steam. Does his long-term future lie at the club?
With an assembly of talents capable of becoming a world class team, Chelsea need to find a way to integrate these talented players and make them first team regulars. It’s time for more of “John Terry’s” to emerge and lead the team.
Let’s hope for the best. Cheers!