John Terry is the last youth product of note to fully break into the first team, but despite nearly 2 decades of wasted talent, it’s starting to look like Chelsea are finally incorporating youth team products in their ranks.
We’re all aware of the raw talent and potential of the youngsters already on the fringes of the first team in Ethan Ampadu and Callum Hudson-Odoi, but who of the players out on loan could realistically feature in the first team set up next season?
James has received plaudits all season for his performances at Wigan Athletic. An FA Youth Cup winning Captain, James has been utilised at right-back and has played more minutes this season than any other Wigan player.
Still only 19, he’s already been scouted as a potential replacement for Cesar Azpilicueta and earlier in the season won three consecutive play of the month awards for the Latics and has notched countless man of the match awards.
Now aged 21, Abraham is the perfect squad player to add to Chelsea’s front-line. A natural goalscorer, Abraham has now scored 43 goals in two stints in the Championship at Bristol City and Aston Villa respectively.
This season he’s already up to 20 goals for the season, becoming the first Villa player to do so since Peter White in 1981.
Although the transition from the Championship to the Premier League is a tough one, the young Englishman clearly has an instinct inside the box, and with a team full of internationals around him, there’s no doubt that he would flourish.
Currently starring under Chelsea legend Frank Lampard at Derby, Mason Mount has produced some moments of great quality this season for the Rams.
Although he has so far only registered 4 goals and 2 assists, he has created more chances per game (2.1) than any other Derby player this season.
He could undoubtedly thrive in this Chelsea team at the tip of a midfield three, especially if Mateo Kovacic’s services aren’t retained next season.
Chalobah has been one positive in what has been a torrid season for Ipswich, who currently sit bottom of the Championship. The 19-year-old’s time at Portman Road has been an important step in his development, which will lead him in good stead back at Chelsea
With two goals and a freedom to his play, he could be fighting for minutes in the not too distant future if he continues to improve.
Joining Mount at Derby County, Tomori is spending his second season playing week in week out in the Championship. Trusted by Frank Lampard at the heart of the Rams defence, he has been one of their best players this season.
An unlucky own-goal against Chelsea aside, assured performances in cup games against Manchester United, Southampton and Brighton have seen his stock rise.
Although a Premier League loan move could be next on the cards for these Chelsea youngsters, they are some of the brightest talents to come out of the academy in recent years. They have the best chance to follow in Hudson-Odoi’s footsteps and make an impact for the first team next year.
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