Chelsea have been criticised for their policy of signing expensive big-name stars and have been told it is the root of their current problems.
Frank Arnesen was Stamford Bridge chief scout and director of youth development during a six-year spell before moving to Bundesliga side Hamburg.
Signed from Tottenham Hotspur in 2005, Arnesen was given the task of overhauling Chelsea’s youth system in a bid to help supplement the first tea with talented young players.
Despite the Dane’s insistence that he did a good job while looking after the Blues youngsters, very few players have made the step up to the first team from the academy ranks since John Terry in 1998.
Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich is being linked with numerous big money transfer this season and has shown he isn’t afraid to spend large sums to get the best players to sign for the west Londoners.
Arnesen believes this is the root of the Blues’ youth problem as it means any promising talent at the club is stifled in favour of more established stars.
“Germany has been very good in developing players but also in putting them in the teams,” he said in an interview with the Evening Standard.
“That is the problem in England. At Chelsea, we had fantastic talent, we built up marvellous players, but they needed to be given a chance and they never were. The pressure is so big.
“Managers in England are going out and buying players, the level is high, and it is difficult for them because if they lose two or three games, they’re gone.”