Antonio Conte named five 'fantastic' Chelsea youngsters in 2016 - where are they now?

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Chelsea have one of the best footballing academies in the world.

Despite a wealth of young talent at their disposal, remarkably few actually manage to make the step up into the first team.

Opportunities are hard to come by for youngsters at Stamford Bridge - just ask Kevin de Bruyne and Romelu Lukaku.

Maurizio Sarri replaced Antonio Conte this summer but the former Napoli boss doesn't seem interested in promoting youth.

Highly-rated teenagers Ethan Ampadu and Callum Hudson-Odoi are both yet to make a Premier Legaue matchday squad this season.

Soon after taking charge in west London after Euro 2016, Conte identified five academy stars with great potential.

"[Tammy] Abraham is another young player who is the future for Chelsea, for sure," said Conte in October 2016. "He has great potential in the technical and physical aspects."

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"Our academy is working very well. Also in my squad we have Nathaniel Chalobah, Ola Aina, Dominic Solanke, Ruben Loftus-Cheek.

"Four young players of the academy. It's fantastic and if they deserve to play, they will play."

Where are they now?

Tammy Abraham

The 20-year-old striker scored 23 goals during his loan spell at Bristol City in the Championship - but he failed to repeat that success in the Premier League with Swansea City.

Contracted to Chelsea until 2022, Abraham managed just five goals in 31 Premier League appearances and agreed a season-long loan move to Aston Villa in August 2018.

He's scored one goal in four Championship appearances.

Nathaniel Chalobah

The highly-rated central midfielder made just one Premier League start for Chelsea before Conte sold him to Watford in 2017.

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Aged 23, Chalobah has been plagued by injury problems but recently returned to first-team action.

Ola Aina

The 21-year-old wing-back was handed his Chelsea debut by Conte and recently signed a new three-year deal at Stamford Bridge.

Aina was excellent on loan at Hull City in the Championship last season and has been playing regularly for Torino in Serie A this season.

Dominic Solanke

Solanke's contract expired at the end of the 2016/17 season and he moved to Liverpool due to a lack of first team opportunities at Chelsea.


The 21-year-old striker won his first England cap in November 2017 - but has fallen behind Daniel Sturridge in the Anfield pecking order this season.

Ruben Loftus-Cheek

The 22-year-old midfielder was magnificent on loan at Crystal Palace last season and earned his place in Gareth Southgate's World Cup squad.

Loftus-Cheek returned to Chelsea this summer but has only made two Premier League substitute appearances under Sarri thus far.

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