Don’t overrate the youth, but don’t underestimate it either.

The youth. One of the biggest topics currently surrounding at Chelsea Football Club, and it’s going to be talked even more with a potential transfer ban. Are the youth good enough? Do we need to play younger players more? Should we give any players a chance? Everything is going to be adressed here.

One thing to mention is that I will be using players as examples throughout this article, however I will not be going into too much detail on whether specific players should stay or go. For that, check out our Youtube channel for a specific ‘Keep or Sell video’ or an article written on chelseaecho.com

Firstly, one thing which needs to be adressed, is giving players chances. What on earth has happened to that? When fans say they want players to play for our club next season, this isn’t asking them to start every single game at the beginning of the year and them to turn world-class straight away.

This will never ever happen, in any situation, in any club, and the only way we can turn these exciting academy products into top level players is by giving them minutes and letting them enjoy their football.

This has clearly been shown by people’s opinions on Tammy Abraham and Mason Mount. Yes, I know, they are no where near good enough to be ‘Chelsea World Class standard’ at the moment, but for me I can see them be very good players in the future, and the only way we can convince them to stay at the club while developing is by giving them opportunites.

After all, look at Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Callum Hudson-Odoi. This season they were given the opportunity, and whether you think this was too late or too early, they impressed and eventually they were two guaranteed starters in our games before their respective injuries. At the beginning of the season, many would have said that Loftus-Cheek and Hudson-Odoi were not good enough, so does that mean they should have been sold or sent away? As it stands, both players are set to sign contracts and will be looking to impress with Chelsea in the Champions League. Now, that is development.

Furthermore, some of these players on loan have impressed week in week out through the academy, winning Youth Premier Leagues and other trophies along the way. There is a reason some of the younger players have been sent away – they can gain experience at the top level and play thousands of minutes.

Of course, there are players in the academy and the youth who are not good enough, and a lot of the times that is very clear to see. Here is where you must not overrate the academy. We are not asking for eleven players under the age of 23 to start games. But wanting a couple youth players to make it in the squad and get an opportunity? ‘Maybe you should go and support the youth team instead.’ *Facepalm.*

This has pretty well summarised my exact feelings here:

I don’t blindly want all youth players to play. I know many won’t be good enough.

But if you think I’m going to stop rating or supporting the likes of Callum, Reece, and Ethan then I suggest unfollowing me if it triggers you that much. Cause it ain’t happening.

— Simon Phillips (@SiPhillipsSport) 6 June 2019

In addition, to finish it off, as it stands we do have a transfer ban this season. We’re going to have to fill up our squad with players, and what is a better way than using some of the younger players. This can work in advantage for us as we may stop buying players unnecessarily, and instead give academy stars a chance (*cough cough buying Drinwater for 30 million pounds instead of using Nathaniel Chalobah.)

In conclusion, give them a chance. They deserve it. Some of them are good enough. Use them. Frank Lampard may give them the chance, *when* he becomes Chelsea manager. Who knows?

Make sure to stay tuned as The Chelsea Echo will be exclusively revealing an interview with former Chelsea player and academy prospect Billy Clifford, where we focus on his time at the club and his tough experiences through the loan system.

Written by Paree

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One thought on “Don’t overrate the youth, but don’t underestimate it either.

  1. I’m fine giving youth the amount of minutes you describe, as long as you’re fine finishing 10th or worse. Just remember, for every youth you claim to have successfully foreseen their arrival as a top player, there are a thousand Mikael Forsells you’re failing to mention.

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