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Chelsea starting to reap benefits of academy

  • Published at 06:15 pm August 30th, 2019
Chelsea
Mason Mount and Tammy Abraham

If Chelsea’s first four games are anything to go by, then the Blues fans are in for a rollercoaster ride, but there’s a lot for them to enjoy in blooding youth from their academy, which is finally bearing the fruits of its labor

Chelsea are approaching a new dawn as their approach to football has changed this season.

Their focus is on youth and to refresh the squad through the academy before going to the market.

It has been forced on them but it is a challenge that new manager and Blues legend Frank Lampard is taking on with the utmost care and desire.

If Chelsea’s first four games are anything to go by, then the Blues fans are in for a rollercoaster ride, but there’s a lot for them to enjoy in blooding youth from their academy, which is finally bearing the fruits of its labor.

For years, we have been told that Chelsea have “the best academy in the world” with their academy teams rounding up so many of the youth trophies over the past five-six years.

But the proof was not there in the first team.

This is the season it seems where all of that are about to change.

In the first team squad alone this season, there are eight players who have been nurtured in the academy.

The two who have starred this season so far are Mason Mount and Tammy Abraham. 

Callum Hudson-Odoi, Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Andreas Christensen already became established stars of the team last season.

Club owner Roman Abramovich has put a lot of money and effort into the youth to try and put a structure together where the cub can fall on their own toes for talents, rather than dipping into the market and paying absurd amounts of fees.

For the most part, this was never taken seriously.

The thought within the fan base and the football community has always been that Chelsea will spend to try and formulate a core within the team which win trophies.

Who can blame them?

Their most successful period came when they spent big money on a mixture of British and foreign talents with only one player - John Terry - from the academy.

But times have changed and in order to compete now with countries, and not just clubs, the owner is trying to formulate a core from the academy and then buy the rest of the pieces required in the next season.

This is good news also for England fans as a lot of the talents who won them their U-17 World Cup came from Chelsea’s academy.

It’s difficult to predict where Chelsea will finish this season, it could be anywhere from third to sixth, perhaps even lower.

But Chelsea fans won’t care as long as the good showings of their academy products continue and their club boys become stars.

That way, the London side can build a core which will bring similar levels of success that the previous generation brought.