When Jose Mourinho returned to Chelsea in the summer of 2013 he promised to build a dynasty at Stamford Bridge.
However, despite winning the Premier League title last term, the Blues remain a side hindered by whispers of yet another managerial change.
One of the Portuguese’s biggest failures since strutting back into the capital is his inability to offer academy players a chance, something Louis van Gaal and Manuel Pellegrini are doing at Manchester United and Manchester City.
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Even in his first spell, he gave just a select few the opportunity to impress at Stamford Bridge but, tellingly, John Terry remains the last academy member to stay at the club for a lengthy period of time.
When a fresh-faced Mourinho succeeded Claudio Ranieri in 2004, he spent lavishly to turn the squad from a Champions League outfit to the finest side in the country.
Arjen Robben, Ricardo Carvalho and Claudio Makelele were amongst the stellar signings that arrived at Stamford Bridge, limiting the chances of youth players in the process.
Steven Watt became the first youngster to be given time to impress, yet he made just two appearances in the 2004/2005 season before he was sold to Swansea.
Goalkeeper Lenny Pidgeley made a cameo appearance the same year just before the club celebrated their title victory, but was sold to Millwall and is now without a club at the age of 31.
Anthony Grant, Jimmy Smith and Michael Smith were also introduced into the fold, only to then enjoy careers elsewhere across English football at teams such as Port Vale, Crawley Town and Hartlepool.
Ben Sahar and Scott Sinclair debuted in 2007, with the latter currently still in the top flight with Aston Villa after a disastrous spell at Manchester City, whilst Sam Hutchinson appeared in the same year and is currently at Sheffield Wednesday.
Despite pressure growing on the top teams to utilise their academies more productively, Mourinho still appears reluctant to give the younger players a platform to develop.
Tomas Kalas was entrusted with the task of shackling Liverpool during Chelsea’s 2-0 victory at Anfield in 2014 after debuting against Arsenal but endured a nightmare loan spell with Cologne last year.
Youngsters Lewis Baker and John Swift were inducted into the first-team set-up last year, and could still have a future after shining so far at loan spells with Vitesse Arnhem and Brentford.
The Dutch club is also home to 18-year-old Izzy Brown and striker Dominic Solanke, with the former previously being rumoured to be part of Mourinho’s squad for the current campaign.
Andreas Christensen is another currently making an impression, on-loan for the season with Champions League side Borussia Monchengladbach, whilst Rubus Loftus-Cheek is already part of his manager’s plans for the season.
With Chelsea’s form a cause for concern, do not bank on Mourinho promoting youth more as the season progresses.
Young players just do not make the grade whenever he’s around. Maybe Loftus-Cheek should take that into consideration before penning a new contract.
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