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Chelsea reluctant to give youth a chance

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Chelsea take on Arsenal tonight in the Capital One Cup fourth round, and although Jose Mourinho is expected to name a changed side, there are many youngsters who will miss out on their chance.

The Capital One Cup is renowned for being a competition in which young players can gain an opportunity, as Chelsea's opponents - Arsenal - have been great believers in.

But despite the fact Mourinho's eleven will be very different from Sunday's clash with Manchester City, there are a host of talented young players at the club looking for a chance which will not come.

Goalkeeper Jamal Blackman and midfielder Lewis Baker were the only two non-first team regulars to make the squad for the Blues' third-round tie with Swindon - where they ran out 2-0 winners - but neither received any game time.

And the situation looks to be similar for the tie with Arsenal with the likes of Tomas Kalas and Mitchell Beeney looking to make the bench.

Little may it be known that beneath the surface of the millions spent by Roman Abramovich, there are a talented crop of players emerging at Stamford Bridge who are hampered by lack of opportunities.

As mentioned before, Baker is an exciting prospect. The England Under-19 midfielder was voted the NextGen Series player of the tournament last season, in competition with the best youth players in Europe.

The Under-19 side made it to the final that year with impressive displays from Ruben Loftus-Cheek, a powerful central midfielder. He was included in Chelsea's American pre-season tour in games against Manchester City but has not been in the first side since.

Young Scottish striker Islam Feruz has shown great goalscoring potential while Frenchman Jeremie Boga has displayed his class, scoring twice in the FA Youth Cup final  second-leg against Norwich. 

Isaiah Brown - signed from West Bromwich Albion - is an exciting talent along with the likes of John Swift, Alex Kiwomya and Andreas Christensen. But none of these are likely to get a taste of the action tonight.

Chelsea do have a vast amount of young players around on loan across Europe in an attempt to gain first-team playing time. Lucas Piazon, Thorgan Hazard (brother of Eden), Wallace, Gael Kakuta and Oriol Romeu are all scattered around various clubs, while talented young English midfielders Josh McEachran, Nathaniel Chalobah and Patrick Bamford are playing at Watford, Nottingham Forest and MK Dons respectively.

With the summer additions of Kevin De Bruyne, Andre Schurrle, Samuel Eto'o, Willian and Marko van Ginkel, it is going to be very tough for those returning from loans and those in the youth teams to progress.  

There is no reason to overflow the squad with youth but against lower opposition such as Swindon, introducing one or two into the mix could be beneficial for the long-term development of these players.

In Chelsea's current first team, only John Terry and Ryan Bertrand have come through the system. 

It reflects a philosophy at Chelsea where, with the investment bringing success to such a vast extent, it is easier and less risky to continue to spend big rather than promote from within,W

Unfortunately, this means that we won't be seeing some of these youngsters tonight at the Emirates Stadium.

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