Youngsters are thriving under Mauricio Pochettino at Tottenham Hotspur, and Chelsea could learn a lot from their London rivals if they are to return to the top four again soon.
Dele Alli was crowned the PFA Young Player of the Year during last night's end of season award ceremony, following in the footsteps of his teammate Harry Kane, who similarly burst into the limelight after impressing in the appearances afforded to him by his Argentinian coach.
Chelsea's youth teams are mightily impressive within the realms of the youth-setup, as shown by their most recent victory in the FA Youth Cup on Friday night. The young Blues have featured in the final of the cup six times in the last seven years and won the cup four times, with the possibility for a fifth on April 27 during the second-leg set to be played at Stamford Bridge.
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But what good is this domination at the lower levels if no players make it through into the first-team?
Chelsea have become a holding-pen for youngsters, hoovering up all the brightest talent and shipping them out on-loan with the hope of being able to sell them on for a profit within a few years.
The youth team's victories over the best part of a decade shows that the players are good enough for the jump up to the first-team, more so than Spurs', as they win the major awards most years. But the club's insistence on short-term success is harming their long-term future and the Chelsea hierarchy have a difficult decision ahead of them - promote the youth to the first-team and rebuild from the bottom while they take a break from European competition, or attempt to buy their way back to the top.
The second option only guarantees that the Russian owner will have to fork-out large sums of cash.
Roman Abramovich is most likely to choose the latter based on his history of immediate short-term success and his lack of patience towards managers who fail to deliver in his eyes, with the excuse that they could permanently lose their position in the top-four if they miss out for a second consecutive year.
Abramovich needs to be more patient with managers and youth players if he is to achieve long-term success at the club and if Spurs and Leicester City's rise to the top two in the league shows anything, it's that you don't need to spend big to succeed.
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