Since the arrival of Roman Abramovich, Chelsea have not been known for employing a strategy of promoting youth prospects to the first team.
If there is a spot up for grabs in the first team, it is usually filled with an expensive new signing rather than rewarding a promising young talent from the youth team.
This transfer window has been no different with Chelsea bringing in players like Samuel Eto’o and Willian instead of promoting young talent like Romelu Lukaku and Lucas Piazon, who play in the same position.
Chelsea may continue their policy of buying exciting young prospects like Christian Atsu and Marco van Ginkel, however, it remains to be seen if they are given a fair opportunity to play for the team.
Lukaku has already proved that he is more than capable of matching the standards of the Premier League when he impressed on loan last season at West Brom scoring 17 goals from 20 starts. However, instead of placing their faith in the 20-year-old, Chelsea go on to buy a 32-year-old striker and send Lukaku out on loan again.
Nathan Ake put in mature performances whenever he was called on to play last season but it wasn’t enough to cement a place; while Nathaniel Chalobah impressed on load with Watford, Chelsea instead opted to sign another defensive midfielder in Van Ginkel who was not even named in the Premier League squad this season.
Thibaut Courtois could hardly put a foot wrong during his lengthy two-year loan spell at Atlético Madrid and has already considered one of the top goalkeepers in the world at the tender age of 21.
However, it is disappointing to see that he was not awarded with the opportunity to challenge Petr Cech’s position between the sticks and was instead sent out on loan for another year.
There are several other players who have impressed while on loan or in the reserves; the likes of Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Islam Feruz, Josh McEachran and Tomas Kalas are some of the brightest young talent in the world and deserve a better opportunity to break into the first team.
Chelsea must trust their young players and give them an opportunity otherwise they may lose out on some of these young talents - like Nemanja Matic who was deemed not good enough for the first team and is has been valued at as much as €40million.
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