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Can this youngster buck the trend at Chelsea?

Date: 24th February 2014 at 6:55pm
Written by Christy Malyan

Over the last five years, the Chelsea youth system has sinisterly distorted itself into one of the most profiteering talent farms in world football. Through the academy’s inadequacy in nurturing youngsters ready for the Blues first team, the financial infringement of UEFA’s FFP laws and the volatile nature of Roman Abramovich’s results-based, fire-happy ownership of the West London club, these factors have combined to transform Chelsea’s otherwise essentially redundant development system into a global-spanning money-making machine. It seems that the overall objective of the Chelsea youth project is now to add as much value to their youngsters as possible, rather than even hint at the notion they could one day be working under Jose Mourinho in the first team squad. There are obvious exceptions to this rule – namely Romelu Lukaku and Thibaut Courtois – but whether you were purchased for £8million from Genk, or so highly-rated the club are willing to throw themselves into the heart of a tapping up scandal for your services, the chances are that your Blues tenure will consist of various loan spells throughout Europe and beyond, before being sold for around double of what Chelsea originally paid for you a couple of years down the line. But could there be a youngster in the West London outfit’s ranks that may soon go on to buck this almost macabre trend? For those of you whose interest in English football spans ... Read More

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