As our season continues to crash and burn to a quite frankly disgraceful level, the echoed cries of ‘play the youth’ continue to sound amongst the Chelsea faithful and while on the whole the supporters are generally still backing the Manager – I think they are all in agreement that his biggest flaw is not given the young players a chance.
Right now, the Chelsea Youth Academy costs over £9 million to run a year, so within five years we have paid £45 million for this Academy… But who have we produced out of that who is now a first team regular? Not even one. The closest we have right now is Ruben Loftus-Cheek but even has has faced public critisism from Jose Mourinho and not been given the run that he has earned and fully deserved.
That is an incredible amount of money to spend if we are not to get anything from it. Loftus-Cheek’s frustrations has now mean’t he wants a loan move to gain playing time and another highly rated player Charley Musonda wants to leave the club altogether as he does not see a route in to the first team. You can totally understand why he says this as under Mourinho, I can’t see a route in for the either.
He will continue to pick his big stars, the players he seemingly relies on and wrongly believes will do no wrong. Cesc Fabregas has lets be honest, been awful this season as has Branislav Ivanovic, but he will keep starting them, keep relying on them instead of hauling them out and giving an Academy player a place.
Chelsea’s Academy is one of the best in the world, the high class of footballer being produced in that system is incredible so these players are more than good enough to break in to the first team, if given that chance. There is no good giving them the odd Cup game or 15 minutes at the end of the game, that won’t do any good at all, they need solid game time, a run of matches in order to prove their worth.
The Dele Alli situation at Tottenham grinds my gears. Alli is a class all round midfielder and has not only cemented down his regular place in the Spurs side, he is also pretty much a dead cert to be going to the Euro’s with England this summer.
This is all because his Manager Mauricio Pochettino put his faith in his young player, saw his talent and knew he can be capable of breaking in if given the chance. Loftus-Cheek is similar to Alli, he has that all round midfield game and can be affective in defence and attack. He could now be in the exact same position as Alli IF he had been given the chances he should have been given this season. He should be in there alongside Nemamja Matic right now nailing down his slot and even being in with a chance to go to the Euro’s himself.
Mourino had issues with his positioning, that’s fine, he is the Manager he has the right to pull his players up if they are not doing what he wants, but instead of going public with his thoughts, get the young player on the training ground and coach him to be where you want him to be, develop that in him but do it constructively. Everything else about his game is decent if you ask me and most other people in football.
What about Fabregas’s defending, why have you not gone public with that? Because that has been hideous this season let’s not beat around the bush!
The Independent wrote this article a year a go almost to the day… And Loftus-Cheek is no nearer to being a Chelsea regular. It’s totally out of order.
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To be totally frank, we ARE now spending this money to create players for OTHER teams, that is the bottom line. How is that good business? Yes we might get a small fee for selling these players if that is what will happen, but nowhere near what there value will eventually become, these are world class players in the making. We have over 30 odd players out on loan and will still be paying or part paying their wages, so add that to the money to run the Academy.
We have at least 8 players currently who are ready and who are more than capable than doing a better job than at least half of our current players and when we are performing this badly why on earth are some of these players not being given their chances? Why are we paying money to make other clubs stronger?
I am sorry Mourinho, but this is a huge flaw of yours and to be a real major one. Something needs to change and youngsters must be given the chances.
Simon Phillips – @cfcneteditor