Reports have broken today suggesting that Jose Mourinho is looking into the possibility of raiding his former club Real Madrid to acquire the services of Sami Khedira. The German international was an integral part of Mourinho’s midfield during his last season in charge at Madrid, starting 38 times and contributing with five goals and five assists. However he seems to have fallen out of favour at the Bernabeu starting just 19 games last season.
There is no doubt the Khedira would be a great signing for Chelsea having lost their midfield talisman Frank Lampard over the summer, but would the West London club not be better off trying out some of the players that they already have within their ranks?
Not only would this begin to change many people's perception of Chelsea as a buying club, but also give a lot more hope to the youngsters coming through.
Marco Van Ginkel joined the Blues in July 2013 in a deal though to be worth £8 million having shone for Dutch side Vitesse as well as his national side, captaining the Netherlands from under-15 through to under-21 level before making his senior debut against Germany in November 2012 at the age of just 19.
He made a bright start to his Chelsea career but sadly suffered a season-ending anterior cruciate ligament injury in a League Cup match against Swindon Town at the end of September. He would surely be looking to break back into the first team next season.
A recent prodigy of the Chelsea youth system is Nathaniel Chalobah. He has been subject to three loan spells during his time at Chelsea. The first if which was a season long loan to Watford during the 2012/13 season seeing him make 38 appearances scoring five times, missing out on second place to Hull City by just two points and then suffering an extra time defeat to Crystal Palace in the play-off final.
Chalobah has a similar playing style to Khedira, with burst through midfield in a Lampard-esque manor quickly becoming a forte, which would surely be a hit amongst the Chelsea Fans.
Another seemingly forgotten prospect from the Chelsea academy is Josh McEachran. Used often as a substitute during the Champions League campaign of 2010 McEachran impressed with his passing ability and many fancied him to break through as a first team regular. He since fell out of favour with former Chelsea boss Andre Villas-Boas and was loaned to Swansea City making just five appearances. However he impressed whilst on loan to Middlesborough during the 2012/13 season making an impressive 35 starts for the club.
These are just three examples of players who could make an impact in the upcoming season for Chelsea should their paths not be blocked by big money imports. Not only could these youngsters make an impact at a club level, but the with Chalobah and McEachran having both played for England at a youth level, they could develop into future stars for their nation who failed to make it out of the group stage of this years World Cup in Brazil.
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