Chelsea are known for having a great youth setup, but they are also known for never playing it. Maurizio Sarri did take a while, but Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Callum Hudson-Odoi have become regular first time starters this season at the club and I will give him credit for that. This article looks at a few of the big names in the Chelsea Loan Army as well as other youngsters who have had some decent game time now under Sarri.
Callum Hudson-Odoi is my favourite out of all the youngsters. He is 18 and a very promising young winger. He has been played on the right-wing by Sarri, but prefers to play on the left-wing. Unfortunately, in our 2-2 home draw with Burnley a few weeks ago, Callum suffered an injury on his Achilles tendon and is expected to be back sometime next season. I feel sorry for the guy, I really do. To wanting to get in the first team, to getting in it, to then get injured a few games later? He’s in a difficult position at the moment, but I’m sure he’ll come back better than ever. And you don’t need me to tell you he’s a good player, European royalty Bayern Munich have shown interest in CHO but I hope that he stays at Chelsea and has a successful career at this great club.
Mason has been out on loan at Frank Lampard’s Derby County side this season and it has definitely done him the world of good. Derby County have been dubbed our “little brother” side as it has a few Chelsea loanees there as well as Chelsea legend Super Frank. Personally, I believe he should have another year out on loan, but this time in the Premier League.
Reece James has been good for Wigan Athletic this season and I believe he should come back and probably be our first choice right back next season, with Dave (Cesar Azpilicueta) as our backup. Dave has done a great job this season, playing almost every game, even playing against Leicester at centre-back with Davide Zappacosta at right back. I like Reece and I am excited to see him wearing a Chelsea shirt (hopefully) next season.
There’s a small overview of three young Chelsea players this season. We may have to rely on these players a lot considering we may have a transfer ban this summer and next January, but all hope is not lost, as I believe our youth setup is one of the best out there.