Top five: Chelsea stars of the future
Chelsea have a number of young stars in their academy - here's a look at five of the best
With Financial Fair Play rules about to be implemented and the constant increase in transfer prices and wages, could Chelsea look to their youngsters to avoid these problems?
Here is a list of players who could make it big in the future.
5. Tomas Kalas (on loan at Vitesse Arnhem)
In Tomas Kalas, Chelsea have a potential star in the making. Currently on loan at Vitesse Arnhem along with Chelsea teammates Gael Kakuta and Patrick Van Anholt, he is getting regular game-time and has already been capped for the Czech national team.
He can play both as a right-back and a centre-back, and with John Terry getting old and David Luiz shifting to the midfield, he may get his chances next season.
4. Nathan Ake
Having recently made his debut for the senior team, many people have viewed Ake as a potential first-choice centre-back for the future.
Ake has captained the Dutch under-17s and is the current captain of the under-19s. He is not the strongest of players but he is very comfortable in the air.
All we can do is wait and see if Ake can really live up to his potential.
3. Josh McEachran (on loan at Middlesbrough)
Having made his senior team debut at the age of 17, McEachran was by far one of the greatest young talents that we had seen graduate from the Chelsea academy.
Under Carlo Ancelotti, McEachran made numerous appearances for Chelsea, both in the Premier League and Champions League. But since Ancelotti's departure, he has found the chances hard to come by.
Having spent half the season on the bench last season, McEachran was loaned to Swansea which didn't work out too well. But this season he has been playing regularly and has finally found some game time in the Championship with Middlesbrough.
2. Islam Feruz
The young Scottish striker was signed from Celtic in the 2011/12 season. Since then, Feruz has managed to win the FA Youth Cup, and has been absolutely lethal for the youth team this season.
At the age of 17, he may be a little young to become a striker in the Premier League, but Chelsea have hardly given him a chance. He is the main player for the youth sides and if he goes out on loan, it will be interesting to see how he fares.
1. Nathaniel Chalobah (on loan at Watford)
Chalobah was the captain of the talented Chelsea team which won the FA Youth Cup last season.
Following his impressive displays for the Chelsea and national youth team, he was loaned out to Watford to gain experience and play under Chelsea legend Gianfranco Zola.
Chalobah can play both, as a midfielder and a defender. He is very athletic and very strong on the ball and has been tipped to succeed Frank Lampard at Stamford Bridge.
Only time will tell if the current English youth Player of the Year can prove himself on the big stage.
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