Chelsea’s youth team has been a dominant winning side for the last 5 years, winning the FA youth cup from 2014 to 2018 with no team knocking them off top spot. The blues have had talented players in every position , with some staying in the youth set up and some going out on loan at an early age in their career.
Firstly we have Chelsea’s 6ft 3 prolific striker Tammy Abraham to mention. The striker has played for Chelsea’s academy since he was 8 years old and played consistently for the under 21s until he was given the opportunity to get his first loan spell of his career. With Abraham scoring in very important games in his youth career and winning the FA youth cups, Chelsea loaned Abraham out to Bristol City in 2016 were he scored 23 goals in just 43 appearances. This gave Abraham a bigger chance the following season for Swansea City but he failed to find the same level of consistency, only finding the net 5 times in 31 appearances. Although Tammy didn’t do too well at Swansea City, Aston Villa saw potential in Abraham and took him to his 3rd loan spell at just 21 years of age. The blues forward has ripped up the Championship this season scoring 22 goals in just 33 appearances including 4 goals against Nottingham Forest during the season.
Secondly we have another high profiled youth player Mason Mount, who signed for Chelsea when he was 6 years old in 2005. Mount continued his progress with Chelsea joining the youth setup at under 18s level just at the age of 15. He went on to play for the under 21s during the 2016 season in which he scored 10 goals in 30 games as an attacking midfielder. The blues midfielder got his loan opportunity in 2017 joining Eredivisie club Vitesse, making 29 appearances and scoring 9 goals for the Dutch club. Chelsea then loaned Mount to Derby City with ex Chelsea player Frank Lampard as the manager, to become a superstar in the Championship. He has since played 27 games for Derby County contributing to 5 goals.
Chelsea’s youth team can go on and on with high potential players coming through the ranks to be loaned out or join the first team. In a Chelsea setup were there are so many players on loan it’s hard to be the chosen one to break into the starting 11, with only Ruben Loftus Cheek being able to do so recently. There is no doubt Chelsea need to start using their youth players to try different styles of play. They have young, energetic players but with managers coming and going every few seasons it’s hard to set a foundation that will stick. Chelsea have an opportunity to use the youth players with a transfer ban in sight, but it will be down to the blues to choose what they will do with the likes of Abraham and Mount and many more.