Sit down before reading – Chelsea to finally put trust in the youth?

This morning, Paris Saint-Germain have confirmed the signing of Leandro Paredes for a fee of around £40 million.

Chelsea had agreed terms with the Argentine international, but refused to get involved in any bidding wars, with their top off being around £31 million.

Maurizio Sarri stated that he wanted to sign a replacement for Cesc Fabregas this window. But Matt Law of The Telegraph has reported this morning, that the board look to have decided against signing another midfielder, due to fears of it driving away some of the younger players like Ethan Ampadu, Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Mason Mount.

Has the Callum Hudson-Odoi situation given them the shock needed to finally start showing trust in some of their own younger talent? Rather than going out and spending £40 million on Danny Drinkwater for example, who is now pretty much a ghost at this club?

Chelsea believe that adding another midfielder will only decrease the chances for players like Loftus-Cheek. Despite the Jorginho position being a specialist role, the club believe that there are enough options to cover it until the summer.

Sarri used both Ampadu and Mateo Kovacic in that position on Sunday. Ampadu seemed to struggle, but Sarri has claimed he believes that he CAN operate in that role with some specialist coaching.

But for me, Kovacic looked more than competent in that role and would be great competition for Jorginho. Whilst Ampadu can learn some more, and also backup N’Golo Kante in his position, where he looked more comfortable playing.

This would also mean more starts and game time for Loftus-Cheek in the left centre midfield position, which can only be a positive.

For years now, supporters have demanded the club puts more trust in youth. Although there is still 2 days left of the transfer window, and Matt Law’s report did state that there still could be a slight chance of a midfielder arriving, it does look to be a massive vote of confidence and a small victory for some of the youth players at Chelsea, who may currently be thinking about their own futures.

Simon Phillips

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