The academy is one of the most talked points about Chelsea. Whether it’s the number of loans, the quality of the players on loan, or the possibility of a chance being given to the youth players, Chelsea arguably have one of the best academies in the world. So why do Chelsea fans love the younger players?
Interaction with the fans:
One of the most important factors why young players are being liked are due to their interaction with fans on social media. The prime example, which many of you would know of, is Reece James. Even if you didn’t know the quality of the fullback (who can also play in the midfield), the mentality and the desire for the player to make the Chelsea team is clearly shown on Social Media. The 19-year-old is constantly liking Chelsea fan’s tweets, including one of mine:
It is clear that Reece James does want to prove himself at Chelsea, and I’m sure he will with the ageing Azpilicueta and with Zappacosta most likely leaving the club.
Reece James also tweeted this image. The Wigan player has certainly got the right mentality and mindset, and if he can keep this up for his career then we will only see the best of him every single match. He’s been advised by the best, and this is where the Chelsea academy comes in best. They develop the players extremely well, and if they have a successful first year loan they can become one key player in the future. This has been shown with Christensen, Loftus-Cheek and possibly with Reece James and Mason Mount.
Mason Mount is also another player who interacts with the fans (he has also liked one of my comments on his Instagram page). Mount has been at Chelsea from the age of six, and is playing at Derby under his idol Frank Lampard. Mount has also made it clear that he wants to make it into the Chelsea first team, and has been in regular contact with the academy chiefs Joe Edwards and Neil Bath. When Mount was called up to train with the England squad, he said this to the Telegraph:
“Chelsea is the main goal for me, I want to play in their first-team.”
It certainly is exciting seeing young players wanting to play for our club, especially when Sarri has recently doubted the ‘mentality’ of the team.
We as fans do not ‘over-hype’ these academy players, at all. We know what can come out of it. We have seen Loftus-Cheek who broke into the first team after some while, and we missed him heavily when he injured his back. We have seen Christensen, who for one season was arguably our best Centre-Back in the team, and is slowly getting more minutes under Sarri. We have seen Hudson-Odoi, one of the most talented young wingers in the world, getting some minutes under Sarri and this will only increase if he believes in the process.
Reece James is certainly a player who is impressing in the Championship, with the Wigan manager saying this yesterday after their victory.
“I’m not speaking about Reece James,” he said . “I don’t need to.
“He’s player of the month every month, and he’s man of the match almost every week.”
The way in which he spoke about Reece makes it sound like he is an experienced player, however for him to speak about a loanee who is only 19 years is certainly convincing.
Similarly with Mason, he has been involved in 9 goal contributions this season and is a key player in Lampard’s attempt to be promoted to the Premier League. For Mount, there is no better person to learn from other than Frank Lampard, as well as Jody Morris who he has also worked with throughout the years at Chelsea.
To conclude, the academy players care for us. They know what it means to wear the Chelsea shirt. They have talent. Keep an eye our for these two, though. Remember the names: Reece James, Mason Mount.