Much has been made about Mourinho and his eggs but his philosophy may not be as far-fetched as it sounds. If you look at some of the players Chelsea have on their books it is easy to see that in a few years there will be a seriously talented squad at Stamford Bridge. Some of these players were brought in by Mourinho and some were already at the club, regardless there is serious promise for the future.
In goal Petr Cech has done everything in his power to cement his status as a legend amongst the Chelsea faithful and when he eventually retires he will still live long in the memory. Chelsea fans needn’t threat though because in Thiabuat Courtois Chelsea possess one of the most in-form goalkeepers in the world. Courtois has produced performance after performance during his time on loan at Atletico Madrid including winning last season’s award for best goalkeeper in La Liga.
Defensively Branislav Ivanovic, John Terry and Ashley Cole won’t be around forever but in Cesar Azpilicueta, Tomas Kalas and Ryan Bertrand Chelsea have prepared for the future. Luke Shaw is probably the future England left-back and I’d love to see Chelsea sign him but there is no guarantee. Chelsea have a number of other talented young centre-backs on their books notably Kenneth Omeruo and Andreas Christensen.
In the centre of midfield it doesn’t look like Josh McEachran will ever make the step-up to the first team. The Englishman is 20 years old now and he won’t be able to wait forever. He has now out on loan at Watford and if this move doesn’t work out he may have to seek out a permanent move away from Chelsea. On the other hand another former Watford loanee could be ready to make his move to the first team next season, Nathaniel Chalobah. Although he can play at centre-back I’d like to see Chalobah utilised in a defensive midfield role where he can use his anticipation to break up attacks. In the academy Chelsea currently have three extremely talented English midfielders in Lewis Baker, Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Izzy Brown. The former was on the bench against Swindon whilst the latter was signed from West Brom over the summer. All three look set to graduate to the first team in the coming years.
In attacking midfield Chelsea are perhaps more blessed than any other side in world football in terms of young, attacking midfielders. Eden Hazard, Oscar, Juan Mata, Andre Schurrle and Kevin De Bruyne are already important members of the first team. Victor Moses, Marko Marin, Christian Atsu and Cristian Cuevas are all out on loan. The problem for them is that the main five could occupy those positions for the foreseeable future and it could be difficult for any of the latter group to get any game time.
Up front the main hope for Chelsea in the future is obviously Romelu Lukaku. The big Belgian has been farmed out on loan yet again and he has already scored on his debut for Everton. Comparisons have already been drawn between Lukaku and Chelsea hero Didier Drogba but Chelsea fans must recognise that Lukaku will develop into a different player. Hopefully he will soon be given opportunities at Stamford Bridge, if he isn’t he may look for a permanent move.
Chelsea have the a great blend of youth and experience but some of the older players will be moving on in the next season or two. The encouraging thing is that in the next few seasons some of the younger players in the first team will become leaders within the squad. Players like Ramires, Juan Mata and Gary Cahill will become even more important and they will be vital in helping the newer players settle in. Regardless of who makes up our eventual XI in the future, there will be some very exciting players making their names at the Bridge soon.