Chelsea need to focus more on developing young players

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The flaws at Chelsea run deep

Date: 9th March 2014 at 10:34am
Written by Cal Byrne

The idea that you buy football players in order for them to play football for your club is long outdated. In fact, for some modern clubs, the idea is almost preposterous. Today, Chelsea have 28 players on their books that play football for another club. Some of these players have been through the club’s youth program, and have been sent on loan in order to gain first-team experience. Others, are senior players who have simply fallen out of favour at the club. But there are others still, who were never really bought to play for Chelsea, but acquired for their potential sell-on value. Lucas Piazon falls into this latter category. The Brazilian forward who moved to the Premier League from  Sao Paulo in 2011 for an initial fee of £5m and has spent the last two seasons out on loan. Chelsea clearly considered him to be a very talented player, and we can assume that they want the most talented players to play for the team, but whether or not Piazon actually plays for Chelsea was only of secondary ... Read More

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