If someone was to ask who boasted the best youth team in England, based on fact and recent stats, you would have to say Chelsea with no hesitation. But where are all these so called starlets that have helped Chelsea youth sides win Youth FA Cups and even the youth equivalent of the Champions League?
As a die-hard Chelsea fan, you'll have heard names like Isaiah Brown or Izzy Brown, Tammy Abraham, Dominic Solanke, Lewis Baker, Rubén Loftus-Cheek, Andreas Christensen, Patrick Bamford and many others.
But why have these boys not been given the chance to step up and play with the men? One of Mourinho's policies is that he likes to have a massive squad, with numerous players going out on loan and remaining on the books, and he favours buying in class players over giving youth a shot, maybe because someone once said 'you'll never win anything with kids' ... But look how that turned out!
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You ask where these players are currently? And I can tell you straight away ... Probably on loan at Vitesse or Middlesborough! Chelsea currently, from the youth system, have about 15 players out on loan in various different leagues at various different clubs.
Most notably, at Vitesse Arnhem in Holland, Izzy Brown and Dominic Solanke will team up with Danilo Pantic and recent signing Nathan for the season. In the Premier League, Patrick Bamford has joined Crystal a Palace on loan and will be hoping to show Mourinho what he can do in the top league after his sensational season for Boro last year, winning him the player of the year trophy.
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And in the Championship, Tomas Kalas rejoins Aitor Karanka at Reading while young Brazilian Lucas Piazon joins reading. Nathanael Chalobah has joined Napoli in the hope of playing regular first team football domestically and in Europe and Andreas Christensen has moved to the Bundesliga to join Borussia Monchengladbach.
However, a sign that Mourinho may be giving youth a look in, is the fact that he has named three youngsters in his Champions League squad: Bertrand Traore, Kenedy and Rubén Loftus-Cheek.
From what I have seen of these three young men, it's very promising for Mourinho and for Chelsea. Loftus-Cheek made his full debut at the end of last season and statistically, he impressed in the games he played. And Kenedy looked sharp in pre-season which in reality wasn't hard as none of the team looked sharp.
Mourinho has to do something different, as his team looks tired and out of ideas, and his inclusion of three talented young players in his European squad is hopefully a sign of things to come.
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