The stand-out performers in Chelsea's academy could be set to break through into the first team. 

It is unlikely that, at such a fragile age, they will be handed a starting first-team spot in important fixtures - but for players such as Lewis Baker, Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Islam Feruz & Jeremie Boga, you have to wonder just how long they can be held back.

There has been talk recently that Chelsea will turn to their academy more often, as opposed to paying extortionate transfer fees, and this generation of youngsters may be the best opportunity to get the ball rolling.

Having reached last year's Next-Generation Series and FA Youth Cup finals, the young Blues have been on top form with Chelsea Young Player of the Year Nathan Aké already having a successful breakthrough into the first-team squad, starting his first Premier League game on the last day against Everton.

Loftus-Cheek and Baker have been earmarked as the future of Chelsea's midfield, with the pacy duo of Boga and Feruz two top prospects for their attack.

Chelsea have no shortage of youngsters in and around their first team already, but very few have been brought through their academy.

The fans and board have called for change and it appears they may be getting their wishes very soon. If José Mourinho sees fit, no doubt some youngsters will get their chance.


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