Antonio Conte not what Chelsea need for next season

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Roman Abramovich has shown with his previous appointments that he likes big name managers with proven track records, with only Andre Villas-Boas and Roberto Di Mateo not world renowned managers before they took over at Stamford Bridge.

Antonio Conte fits that bill. He won three league titles with Juventus and a Serie B title with Bari. He even led Italy to European Championships qualification with arguably the worst Italy side we have seen in a long while.

So nobody was surprised when he was linked with the job following Jose Mourinho's sacking back in December, or when the announcement was made on 4 April.


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But is he what Chelsea need right now?

He has no track record of working with youngsters. His Juventus sides were full of proven internationals, with Paul Pogba being the only youngster to really stake a claim in his sides.

Chelsea have struggled this season, and while they are doing okay under interim-manager Guus Hiddink, they are crying out for a complete rebuild.

They have a squad of good youngsters with the likes of Kurt Zouma, Kennedy, Bertrand Traore, Baba Rahman, Matt Miazga all 21 or under.

Tomáš Kalas is another one who has impressed in the first team before being shipped out on loan for the last two seasons at FC Koln and Middlesbrough respectively. There are countless players in the youth squads and out on loan that have had experience of winning the FA Youth Cup.

Oscar is just 24 and if they can hang on to 25-year-old Eden Hazard, they have the real build of a strong young team that could be as good as the Chelsea side that won league titles, countless cups and a Champions League.

With Conte named as new manager, lots of these young players will be wondering if they will ever get a run in the first team, or whether they will be resigned to futures elsewhere.

So will one of these players end up as the next Romelu Lukaku or Kevin De Bruyne? Or will they be given the run in the first team that Chelsea fans have been crying out for?

One thing we all need to remember though is that for every Kevin De Bruyne, there’s a Josh McEchran, so maybe Chelsea managers of the past and Conte at Juve knew just what they were doing.

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