Chelsea fans unsure of kids' credentials

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Chelsea manager Andre Villa-Boas has taken a leaf out of Sir Alex Ferguson's tactical book by pushing some of his younger players to the fore, as Chelsea's older more experienced stars start to lose out.

But some fans are not happy about the prospect of inexperienced players, such as Daniel Sturridge, Josh McEachran, Oriol Romeu and Romelu Lukaku, getting more game time.

Udealor Godwin blamed the youthful tactic for Chelsea's loss to Manchester United. He said: “Villas-Boas lost the Man Utd match because he included stupid Daniel Sturridge.”

Others were concerned that the new players would lack the experience to bring in silverware this season.

Daniel Githinji Kiruku said: “Do not take the risk, play first team players, otherwise we will end up with no trophies.”

Gordon-jones Obaro Egbra agreed: “Villa-Boas, it is better you have a focus on which trophy you desire. Don't gamble.”

Milo Isioma Okwuokei liked the idea but put trophies first: “I really appreciate what he is trying to do but we need trophies.”

Odira Kennedy hoped the tactic would not be used as “an excuse” for any poor performances.


Stuart Elliott also smelt a rat, as Chelsea prepared for their Carling Cup fixture against Fulham.

He said: “If we lose and go out then there's something very fishy going on with the club, it's time to dig deep. Sturridge, show them you're worth a place, work together and smash it! Come on you blues!”

But others were pleased with the decision to inject some youth into one of the oldest squads in the Barclays Premier League.

Smanga Dlamini said: “It's wise, Mr Villas Boas, to use fringe players so that they can have game time.”

Seta Alfakihbs thought “regeneration” was just what the Blues needed and Gene Gitts added: “Finally AVB gives youth a sporting chance. Bye oldies.”

Meanwhile Emeka Emie was stunned and delighted by Andre Villas-Boas' fresh approach, but sounded a note of caution to the young hopefuls: “Wow....that will be great. Good idea from AVB, only I would please ask them to be disciplined, work under the coach's instruction and give their best too.”

Some already have their young favourites, and even believe them to be superior to their older counterparts.

Joseph Leo said: “Please include that small boy, McEachran. He's good and can even outperform Lampard given the chance.”

But for Abiodun Kolawole Akintola, age will not weary a Chelsea player, nor the years condemn - only the colour of the shirt matters.

He said: “Whether experienced or young, whoever is in our blue shirt will send fear down the spine of the opponents. Well done AVB.”

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