Chelsea deserve criticism for £25m January deal

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Chelsea will reportedly complete a £25m deal to resign Serbian midfield enforcer Nemanja Matic from Benfica tomorrow afternoon, just three years after using the ex-Blues youngster as a £5m makeweight to land Brazilian international David Luiz.

On the surface Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho's decision to bring one of Europe's most exciting midfield talents back to Stamford Bridge looks perfectly plausible, but has once again provided a prominent example of the kind of the arrogant, cavalier attitude towards balancing the books and nurturing young talent that has made the Blues so unpopular in the Premier League.

Jon Obi Mikel, Frank Lampard, Ramires, Michael Essien and Luiz himself have all been used in a withdrawn midfield capacity by Mourinho already this season, but the 'Special One' is not content with that famous five and believes he needs a sixth central option to bring silverware to West London this season.

Matic has blossomed at Benfica but was denied the chance to harness that same raw potential at Stamford Bridge on a number of occasions, restricted to just three first-team appearances the first time round at Chelsea.

Blues fans and financial chiefs will argue that the proposed £20m loss on Matic will be offset by Kevin de Bruyne joining Wolfsburg, but once again Chelsea and indeed Mourinho himself have done little to dispel the accusation that any starlet currently at the club's academy would be better served finding a new club.

Mourinho will of course argue that he is at Chelsea to deliver success first and foremost rather than look towards the future, but surely season ticket holders at Stamford Bridge would like to see talent brought through the youth ranks before eventually starring at senior level?

Under the current regime that looks impossible, with even perhaps the most promising young forward in world football Romelu Lukaku shipped off to Everton at the start of the season.

Chelsea chief executive Ron Gourlay was quoted last summer as stating that Chelsea were committed to creating their own-world class talent, but in all honesty what is the point if that investment has no hope of flourishing in the Premier League?

The Blues currently have a whopping 25 players out on loan including full internationals such as Victor Moses, which begs the question why not just scrap the academy and focus purely on first-team affairs if expensive signings like Matic that fly in the face of Financial Fair Play are to remain the rule rather than the exception?

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