Premier League heavyweights Chelsea have several promising prospects for the future, but somehow, the majority of them seem to fail to break into the senior team, resulting in them considering their futures to be elsewhere.
Among the clubs in the English top-flight, the Blues have the longest list of players out on loan across various leagues around the globe, mostly consisting of their academy graduates.
However, recent years have seen the emergence of the prodigies at Stamford Bridge who are being given the opportunity to showcase their talents at the highest level.
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Whether they can justify their selection remains to be seen in the coming years and only the performances in the present can secure their long term plans at Chelsea.
We look at the top ten most promising youngsters who are ready to come into the limelight at some point very soon with the Londoners.
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The striker started his career at Nottingham Forest before being discovered by Chelsea, and at only 18, he was signed up by the Blues.
Since then, he has spent several loan spells out of the capital at MK Dons, Derby County, Middlesbrough, Crystal Palace and Norwich City.
A talented individual, Bamford can easily be in the reckoning for first-team football at Chelsea, but only if he transforms those loan outings into breakthrough opportunities in the Premier League.
The striker became the Championship Player of the Year in 2014-15 on the back of an impressive Middlesbrough spell, scoring 19 goals all season.
The 19-year-old defender is versatile, and although predominantly deployed at right-back, is astute in any position in the back-four.
One of the brightest prospects to ever come out of the youth team, Aina is a favourite with the Blues faithful, who are aware of the calibre of the player and if given the appropriate chance, he can be the answer to the defensive issues that hindered Chelsea’s progress in 2015-16.
Even their league rivals are monitoring his situation, as his contract runs out this summer, with Chelsea not yet showing any indication of offering one soon.
Although making only one appearance in Chelsea colours, in 2013 during the FA Cup tie against Derby, Lewis Baker is being touted as ‘the next big thing’ at the Blues.
Ranked highly by former boss Jose Mourinho, Baker had a phenomenal season in 2014-15, that resulting in him winning the Chelsea Young Player of the Year in that season.
He is currently on a year-long loan spell at Dutch side Vitesse Arnhem to gain first-team experience abroad.
Another player plying his trade in Eredivisie with Vitesse is Dominic Solanke.
His goal scoring prowess and innate first touch leading to attacks makes him a stand-out performer among the current generation.
However, he came into the limelight recently after asking Chelsea for a huge pay rise. The prolific striker wanted a new deal of £50,000-a-week with guarantee of first-team football, as per The Guardian.
Premier League arch rivals Arsenal were reportedly courting the youngster, and were also inclined to offering him his desired contract.
But Chelsea are hopeful they can retain the talented forward that would provide dividends in the near future.
Solanke represented England in the Under-16, Under-17, Under-18 levels and remains a proficient option for the forthcoming years.
The Belgium born midfielder Charly Musonda has made rapid progress since joining the club in 2013 from Anderlecht.
After impressing in the youth ranks, the 19-year-old asked for a leave in search of first-team action elsewhere. In the meantime, French clubs like AS Monaco and Marseille were closely following his progress, with the player also rejecting a loan offer from Standard Liege in January 2016.
He signed a six-month loan deal with La Liga outfit Real Betis, and quickly became an integral part of the club. Musonda’s performance in his debut against Valencia adjudged him as the Man of the Match which brought him to the fore.
Betis is willing to extend his stay in Spain next season as well, according to Daily Mail. Comparisons with Neymar further enhanced his growing reputation this term, and Musonda can eventually justify his potential with his flamboyancy on the field.
Andreas Christensen is a typical player of the Chelsea mould who joined the former English champions in 2012, and following two splendid years in the academy, earned himself a promotion to the senior squad under Mourinho.
Making one league appearance alongside two FA Cup appearances, Christensen played three games in his two seasons at Stamford Bridge.
Last year, after signing a new contract extension till 2020, the centre-back was loaned out to Bundesliga side Borussia Monchengladbach, which proved to be his breakthrough season. In 37 matches this season, he emerged as one of the productive centre-backs in German football.
Chelsea even want to end his loan term early after being convinced he is ready for first-team in England, but the Denmark international is hoping to stick to his pre-agreed term ending in 2017, as reported by Daily Mirror.
The 20-year-old Bertrand Traore played his first full season with the west Londoners, which can be termed as satisfactory, although, the club having an indifferent season.
Scoring five goals in 18 matches for the Blues, Traore was an instant hit with the fans upon his arrival. His ability to play in wider roles apart from a sole striker position brings versatility to his game.
After vital outings under interim boss Guus Hiddink, he can shine under the influence of Antonio Conte if given the opportunity next season.
The 20-year-old hailing from the United States, Matt Miazga was a shock transfer by Chelsea during the January transfer window.
Since his arrival, he has been eager to learn from club veteran like John Terry the nuances of a quality centre-half. He made his professional debut in English soil against Aston Villa, and was commended for his performance.
Miazga is ready to work with Antonio Conte in 2016-17, and has already disclosed his excitement of playing under the Italian manager, hoping for some valuable experiences at Chelsea.
National team head coach Jurgen Klinsmann also praised his decision to prove himself abroad, and urged several others in the national squad to follow suit.
Miazga could be the successor to Terry in the long run.
The Englishman remains the most promising prospect to come out of the youth ranks after John Terry.
Ruben Loftus-Cheek spent a decade developing himself in the academy and earned his first call-up to the senior squad in 2014.
He has slowly but steadily come into the first-team fold and was given ample scope to portray his talent.
He made 17 appearances for the club this term in all competitions, and averaged 88.1% pass success rate, with one goal in the league, as per WhoScored.com.
Surely in the long-term future of Chelsea, the midfielder can develop into a crucial first team figure at Stamford Bridge.
The midfielder was a signing made by Jose Mourinho last summer after rave reviews from the scouts.
Kenedy was deployed on the wings, but also filled in at left-back at times throughout the campaign.
His 39-second opener against Norwich in March was the fastest goal of the Premier League season, and if his early performances are anything to go by, then the Brazilian looks a remarkable proposition.
He will continue to develop at Chelsea and could become a crucial member of the team for the foreseeable future.
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