It’s a monumentous summer for Chelsea Football Club.
Roman Abramovich is no longer at the helm with a consortium led by Todd Boehly taking over at Stamford Bridge.
The Blues are now getting down to business, being linked with a double-swoop for Raheem Sterling and Nathan Ake.
It seems they will continue to splash the cash in order to compete for trophies in the coming years.
But that doesn’t mean the club won’t continue to give youngsters graduating from the academy an opportunity to play first-team football.
The likes of Mason Mount, Reece James and Ruben Loftus-Cheek all played a key role in Chelsea’s 2021/22 campaign after coming through the youth system.
But you need to be extremely talented to make the step up to Chelsea’s first team. Most youngsters fall by the wayside and are released.
That happened to three young brothers signed from Luton Town 10 years ago.
Twelve-year-old twins Rio and Cole Dasilva, as well as their older 13-year-old brother Jay, were signed by the Blues for a five-figure sum each.
“This is a historic deal to see three brothers transferred together,” Gregg Broughton, Luton’s head of youth at the time, said.
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“And now after six months, we are delighted that they have found a club where they are settled.”
If all three went on to represent Chelsea’s first-team, the value of the deal would increase to over £1million.
That didn’t quite happen but what has happened to the careers of the three players in the last 10 years?
Let’s take a look:
You may have heard of Jay.
Now 24, the defender plays for Bristol City in the Championship having represented England U21s on 13 occasions.
While at Chelsea, he failed to make a first-team appearance but did win the UEFA Youth League twice in 2014/15 and 2015/16.
He spent a season and a half at Charlton in League One before signing permanently for Bristol City, following a loan move.
He made 36 appearances for the Robins in the Championship last season.
However, it’s been a tougher career for Rio to date.
A year younger, he left Chelsea at U16 level and, after a spell with Dunstable Town, Rio, 23, is now in the Southern League Premier Division Central with Hitchin Town – the 7th tier of English football.
Rio’s twin lasted slightly longer at Chelsea, making 18 appearances for Chelsea’s U21 side, as well as playing 27 times for the Blues’ U19 team.
He had brief spells at Brentford and Leicester before making the move to HNK Sibenik in the Croatian top-flight.
In March 2022, he returned to England with National League South club Oxford City. He made eight appearances last season but didn’t feature in their unsuccessful playoff campaign.
Interestingly, Cole decided to represent Wales and made three appearances for their U21 side.