Chelsea FC as a club has reputation of overspending and buying players in their prime rather than developing them through their youth system, such as Manchester United and Arsenal. This holds some truth as our captain John Terry is the last player to come through the Chelsea youth system to maintain a regular starting spot. This is one of the reasons that Chelsea has been forced to buy players, which is no problem with Abramovich in charge but if he were to leave a sustainable flow of solid players would need to be maintained.
In the past this looked to be a problem but now that seems to be changing.
Example one is Ryan Bertrand, he has been with Chelsea since his teenage years and has progressed through the youth system and a series of loans. It took 6 years but it can be seen that Chelsea is starting to learn how to deal with younger players.
Bertrand has become a more regular Chelsea player towards the end of last season and the beginning of this season along with playing for Team GB and earning his first English senior team call-up for the friendly against Italy on Wednesday. On top of this he just scored his fist goal for the Chelsea senior team on sunday against league champions Manchester City. With the prospect of learning from Ashley Cole Bertrand looks poised to become the first player to come through the youth system to become a regular starter since JT, and to become a star. Another example is Nathaniel Chaloba, he is a defender aged 17, but is already playing for Chelsea’s U-21 squad. On top of this he toured USA with the senior team this summer making several appearances at RB and looking extremely solid. He has captained the england U-16 and U-17 teams at several events despite being a year younger than most of his teammates. He has shown extreme potential and this January he signed his first professional contract for Chelsea, a 2 and a half year deal. He started with the club in his pre-teens. He is a back with great reading skills and good defending with the ability to lead and go forward scoring the occasional goal. Nate highlights the growing success of Chelsea’s youth system and is a sign of things to come.
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