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Will an academy graduate ever make it to the Chelsea first team?

Date: 20th May 2014 at 6:40pm
Written by Christy Malyan

Last week, Chelsea completed a youth double in the form of the FA Youth Cup and the U21 Premier League title. It was a proud moment for the Blues youth system, who have now reached the final of the former tournament five times in the last eight years. But in truth, the Chelsea development squad's 2-1 victory against Manchester United in the U21 Play-Off final at Old Trafford was a rather hollow victory. For all the millions spent, time consumed and players prioritised in making the West Londoners one of England's most formidable youth outfits, just three Chelsea academy products have become first team regulars at Stamford Bridge since the turn of the millennium - John Terry, Ryan Bertrand and Nemanja Matic. And although the Chelsea captain's rise to the starting XI in the early 2000s was a simple enough path,  Bertrand and Matic have not been so lucky. Struggling to adequately prove himself as the rightful successor to Ashley Cole, Bertrand has been sent out on loan to Aston Villa this season and his Blues career at this moment in time is dead in the water. Likewise with the Serbian, despite spending three years previously at Stamford Bridge, it took claiming the Primeira Liga's Player of the Year award with Benfica to prove he was good enough for the Chelsea first team. The issue certainly isn't ... Read More


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