Ever since Russian billionaire Roman Abramovich bought Chelsea back in 2003, the Stamford Bridge club have been known to buy many top players for ridiculous money, in a bid to trump their rivals.
Current Premier League champions Manchester United, south London club Crystal Palace and Spanish giants Barcelona are just three clubs that have alternatively been known to rely on their own home grown players for success.
Manchester United have brought through Premier League legends Ryan Giggs, Paul Scholes, Gary Neville and David Beckham whilst Crystal Palace have started the careers of Ian Wright, Gareth Southgate, Victor Moses, Wilfried Zaha and more recently, Welsh international Johnny Williams.
Most of the Barcelona first team are home grown players. These include, Victor Valdes, Carles Puyol, Sergio Busquets, Andres Iniesta, Xavi and of course Lionel Messi.
In recent years though, Chelsea have found good young players from small academies and off streets, offering them a chance of a professional football career, just like Manchester United, Barcelona and Crystal Palace have done.
When Ryan Bertrand joined Chelsea’s academy in 2006, many felt Bertrand was wasting his career, despite being 17 at the time as Chelsea never used their academy properly and always used money for winning things.
But now the Chelsea academy is more involved in the first team squad and Betrand is now a first teamer, starting on the left wing in the Champions League final in 2012.
More players are coming through this youth development at Stamford Bridge, with Josh Mceachran playing 22 games for the Blues, having been at the club since he was just eight-years-old.
Trialist Bertrand Traore had an impressive pre-season in the summer, netting twice throughout whilst 17-year-olds Andreas Christensen, Islam Feruz and Ruben Loftus-Cheek also took part in pre-season.
Scottish striker Feruz is Chelsea U21s' main striker and a regular for Scotland U21s despite his young age, and Christensen is regarded as one of the best young centre backs in Europe.
Loftus-Cheek is a player who is perfectly capable of earning a couple of appearances for the Chelsea first team this season. His technical ability is something different and he is a player who has many strengths. He is an all-rounder in midfield, attacking and defending. His tackling and passing could help Chelsea in ways this season.
Goalkeeper Jamal Blackman has been involved at the Bridge since 2012 and has won the Champions League in that short time.
18-year old English centre back Nathaniel Chalaboah is also incredibly gifted and like Loftus-Cheek and Mceachran, has been at Chelsea since he was a boy. He can play in defensive midfield too and is also likely to feature a bit for the first team this campaign. At the heart of defence, he is similar to Chelsea captain John Terry whilst in midfield; he has been compared to Chelsea midfielder Michael Essien. He starred on loan at Watford last season playing an impressive 42 games, scoring five goals. He was also crowned England's Youth Player of the Year 2013.
19 year old Winger Lucas Piazon is starring on loan at Dutch side Vitesse with Nathan Ake featuring six times last season, three of them starts. He was crowned Chelsea's Young Player of the Year at the end of the season and was part of the side that won the Europa League title.
And of course, I did not leave Chelsea legend John Terry out of this article. He has been vital in Chelsea’s success over the last ten years, skippering the club to three Premier League titles, five FA Cups, two League Cups, two Community Shields, one Champions League and one Europa League. He is arguably Chelsea’s best ever defender and he was from their very own academy.
So, if these young stars in Chelsea’s youth squads can make the first team squad in the near future, Chelsea can expect more success, this time from a different source.
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