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Chelsea youth bracing for change - coach

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Chelsea youth coach Dermot Drummy admits that the youth camp may change it’s tactics now that Carlo Ancelotti and sporting director Frank Arnesen have left the club, but Drummy insists training up future stars will still be the number one priority.

“At the moment, [Academy manager] Neil Bath, myself and Steve Holland will sit down to discuss the move forward. If things change they change,” Drummy told the official Chelsea website.

“We don't know how they will change so all we can do is have our philosophy and stick to it.

“I am going to take the laptop home and in the month I have off, I am going to be looking at certain aspects of the elite teams in Europe and try to take something that we can add to the Academy philosophy to make us better.


 

“We are not standing still and we have to produce players for any manager that comes in.”

Chelsea will be looking to concentrate on creating stars of the future, as the club look to rebuild an aging squad. Stand out youngster Josh McEachran was praised in particular by Drummy, as the Chelsea youth coach insisted the top priority was to get players into the first team rather than winning trophies.

“It is lovely to win the Youth Cup but it is actually about making players for our first team like Josh McEachran,” the Chelsea youth coach said.

“Nathaniel Chalobah is hopefully coming through and there are also players who if they don't make it through still get sold to get revenues for the club and then have good careers.

“Making first team players is still the main priority, but yes, we love the Youth Cup.”

McEachran is seen by his teammates as a future top class footballer, with Blues starlet Daniel Sturridge heaping praise on the wonderkid last week.

"McEachran will be a huge player for Chelsea because he's got everything a midfielder needs in his game,” Sturridge said.

"He's very young but I don't think his age has anything to do with what he can do on the pitch.

"He'll be playing first-team football next season as he's ready for it now."

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