What has happened?
Cobham youngsters proved their status as young stars while helping lead Chelsea to a fourth place finish against all odds.
Inevitably with the transfer ban over, European money coming in, and the sales of Eden Hazard and Alvaro Morata among others, everyone knew Chelsea would have money to spend. That has showed with Marina Granovskaia spending roughly £200 million on the likes of Hakim Ziyech, Timo Werner, Ben Chilwell, Xavier Mbuyamba, Malang Sarr, Thiago Silva, and FINALLY Kai Havertz was announced recently.
With these signings I would argue the only two Chelsea youngsters from last year are guaranteed a spot in the side. I would say those two guys would be Christian Pulisic and twenty-one year-old Reece James.
Chelsea Youngsters Analysis
But what about the youngsters that weren’t mentioned before? I’m talking about Fikayo Tomori, Mason Mount, Tammy Abraham, Callum Hudson-Odoi, and even Billy Gilmour.
First and, in my opinion, the most interesting of the bunch – Mason Mount. People know Mason Mount for his pressing. He is always first to lead the press for Chelsea. But don’t forget the other qualities Mason has. Everyone has seen his ability to score world class goals on full dispaly most notably the volley against Aston Villa in December and the wonderful free-kick on the final day of the season against Wolves to secure Chelsea UCL football for next season. He is also a decent creator and dribbler. But surely he won’t be picked ahead of Kai Havertz or possibly even Chelsea’s player of the season Mateo Kovacic. I believe Mason has lots of potential still, and could become a star for Chelsea in the Future.
Fikayo Tomori is well known for his wonder strike against Wolves as well as his lightning quick recovery pace. With the signing of Thiago Silva who will be immediately brought into the first team and Chelsea’s most inform defender Kurt Zouma, rumors have emerged that Rennes are interested in signing Tomori on loan which would be fine for one season. However unless something drastic happens I do NOT want to see Tomori sold. I believe there is too much potential in him for to sell now. As we saw earlier in the year Tomori is a special player appearing in Frank Lampard’s team every week. Ever since then a combination of injuries and Antonio Rudiger coming back means that Tomori’s game time diminished. However if he has a successful loan at Rennes next season I believe he could become one of Chelsea’s best center backs for the future. I could see a partnership of him and the aforementioned Xavier Mbuyamba working well in a few years time.
Tammy Abraham will be another interesting name to watch out for next season. I personally believe he has the potential to become one of the best all around strikers in the world. He has the speed and strength already. His positioning is good most of the time and his close control is very underrated. However he needs to improve his hold up play (which isn’t bad by any means already) and certainly needs to be more consistent with his finishing. Abraham had a one year extension clause met in his contract which means Chelsea will have more time to see what happens with him.
Billy Gilmour this season has established himself as a solid squad player at the young age of nineteen. Billy is a special talent who has outstanding passing, vision and, IQ. A few thought he would struggle because of his lack of physicality. However he quickly silenced these doubters with two man of the match performances against Liverpool and Everton. Billy also showed leadership and defensive solidity in his limited appearances.
And finally Callum Hudson-Odoi. It was actually the 2018/2019 season where Callum broke into the first team under Maurizio Sarri who had previously refused to play him. Unfortunately in a March game against Burnley, Husdon-Odoi ruptured his Achilles tendon, which ultimately ended his season. However these injuries are considered to be career-ending. Thankfully he came back this year healthy and apart for a few little niggles was mostly healthy. It is well known that the reason Chelsea ended their pursuit of Jadon Sancho was for two reasons. One to balance the rest of the squad. The second reason was to give Callum a fair and clear chance at the first team. In my opinion Callum is very underrated already. It might seem like too much but I genuinely believe Hudson-Odoi has potential on par with Christian Pulisic and Kai Havertz. If he can stay healthy and gets a chance I believe he will prove his worth and will cement his place as a top young player.
What’s Next For Them?
Anything can happen but in my opinion all of these signings mean that the youngsters that get pushed back will be pressured to improve which I think they will. Chelsea will have practically infinite depth next season which is always a massive positive.
What do you guys think about Chelsea next season? What will happen to these youngsters? Lets us know in the comments below.