As Roman Abramovich is seemingly looking to balance the books, the importance of the academy cannot be understated.
Obviously not many can or will make the grade but I’ve earmarked a couple of players who are nearly there and a few more which have the potential to make the grade at Stamford Bridge.
Callum Hudson Odoi:
The Jewel in the Crown. Hudson-Odoi is a special talent, he’s exciting to watch. He’s been at Chelsea since he was a young boy.
He’s got pace, he’s direct and he scores goals, and he can cross the ball which is something the first team are in dire need of.
The importance of keeping Hudson-Odoi away from Bayern Munich is vital. Showing this kid we value him is what the club need to do, it’s vital he stays especially with the potential departure of Eden Hazard in the pipeline.
This Kid is the real deal. The way he reads the game for someone of his age is so impressive. He’s shown in his fledgling Chelsea career what great composure he has on and off the ball. Exeter have to take huge credit for how advanced this boy is. He was playing for Exeter under 18s when he was 13.
For a player of such a young age his Physicality is another factor which makes Ampadu such a promising prospect. A prime example of this physicality was when playing in midfield for Wales, he ‘put’ Sergio Ramos in the stand. Ryan Giggs (Wales Manager) singled Ampadu out for praise after the game.
According to many, this boy is ready for the first team whether it be in defence or midfield. He has shown all the characteristics to go right to the very top.
Currently on loan at Wigan in the Championship, Reece has had a hugely impressive season thus far. He’s strong in the tackle, he reads the game extremely well and he is a very accomplished crosser of the ball.
Reece’s pace is often overlooked. Despite not devastatingly quick off the mark once he gets going, he moves very well and also seems like he has the right attitude to progress to a high level in the game.
After being prised from the Rangers Academy. Billy quickly became a vital member of the trophy laden under 18 squad at Chelsea. Billy is also a key member of Scotland’s Under 21 team, winning “Revelation of the Tournament” at the Toulon Tournament in 2018.
Billy is a very composed midfielder who scores his fair share of goals. Billy shows great composure on the ball and is an accomplished passer of the ball.
After joining the Chelsea Academy from the much famed Ajax Academy, Daishawn has quickly become a well thought of prospect.
Redan is an accomplished finisher who always seems to be in the right place at the right time. Redan also shows great movement. He’s equally effective running in behind aswell as playing with his back to goal making him a dual threat striker.
Mason is highly thought of at Chelsea. Following a very successful loan spell at Vitesse in the Netherlands.
Mason is currently on loan at Derby County where he has had a very impressive campaign thus far scoring 4 goals in 24 games with numerous assists.
Mason carries a huge goal threat which he will be looking to improve whilst playing under Chelsea legend Frank Lampard. Mason is a very good passer of the ball and has great composure on the ball. Mason’s movement off the ball is first class and its one of his biggest assets, he always seems to find space.
These are just a few of the Academy prospects at Chelsea. I’m not saying all these players I’ve mentioned will make it, I’m merely pointing out some stand out prospects that if not making it at Chelsea, they have a great chance to play at a high level in the game.