Five youngsters poised to break into the Chelsea first-team

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Chelsea haven’t always been known for giving youngsters a chance, but with a talented crop of home-grown players making a statement Jose Mourinho has promised to give them an opportunity in the first-team within the coming years.

"I want it [to give them a chance] in the right time," he admitted. "[But] I don't want them to come and not to succeed."

Here's a look at five emerging talents that are on the verge of making a senior breakthrough at Stamford Bridge:

Nathaniel Chalobah

Position: defender/midfielder

Age: 19

Chalobah has been rated highly at Chelsea for a couple of years now after impressive loan spells at Watford and Middlesbrough in the Championship. His preferred position is midfield but can also fit in comfortably in defence, which saw him compared to Ronaldinho as a young kid.

In addition he can tackle well and pick out a pass, so watch out for this talent who is at the front of queue to the Chelsea first-team having been banging on the door for quite a while now.

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Patrick Bamford

Position: Forward

Age: 20

Every team needs someone to stick the ball in the back of the net regularly and Bamford will certainly provide this. A modern day goal poacher who had a spectacular campaign last year, first at MK Dons and then Derby County a division up, as his goal scoring exploits saw him rise to prominence.

However don’t think he is just a poacher, as he can score all types of goals from any angle or distance and his approach play is impressive. There had been rumours that Mourinho wished to use Bamford as his third choice striker this season, but apparently he has had a change of heart, deciding that a loan move would be more beneficial for the youngster.

Lewis Baker

Position: midfielder

Age: 19

Chelsea’s young player of the season for the 2013/14 campaign was outstanding all year round as his passing, assists and goals fired his side to the crown of U21 Premier League champions.

What’s more he was handed his first-team debut in the FA Cup against Derby as a substitute, with Mourinho supposedly a big fan of Baker, who also scored the winner and put in a man of the match display against Manchester United in the U21 final at Old Trafford.

With the arrival of Cesc Fabregas this summer, Baker looks set to stay in the youth set-up for now but if he keeps up last year’s form, there is no way Jose can ignore him.

Izzy Jay Brown

Position: midfielder/forward

Age: 17

Brown is not a home grown Chelsea player having been poached from West Brom at the age of 16 having become the second youngest player to appear in the Premier League when he came on for the Baggies in defeat against Wigan Athletic.

Since then he has enhanced his reputation as a hot prospect by impressing for the Blues academy before spearheading the England U17s European Championship triumph in Malta earlier this summer.

Recently Mourinho noted him out at as a special talent but a couple of years in the academy may not hurt Brown as he still has age on his side being only 17.

Dominic Solanke

Position: Forward

Age: 16

The young striker has been at Chelsea from U9 level and has also been singled out by Mourinho as a future star. Like Izzy Brown he was also at the heart of England U17 Euro glory as he scored in the semi-final and final against Portugal and then Holland.

Solanke is technically very good and can link play well, in addition he possesses raw pace and is cool in front of goal making him a real handful. Another player that may have to wait a while for his breakthrough but he certainly looks like another gem.

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