Injury crisis could prove the making of Chelsea starlet

Article courtesy of Anthony at the  ‘The Shed Ender’

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Chelsea were handed a double dose of bad news on Tuesday as Alex joined club captain John Terry on the sidelines, the duo are likely to be out for the next couple of months. In light of this many fans naturally draw their attentions to the alternatives one being transfers and the other Jeffrey Bruma.

Could the current defensive injury crisis be the making of the young Bruma, who starred in Chelsea’s FA Youth Cup side of last season and is also now part of the first squad’s makeup?

The Dutch defender definitely caught the eye during that cup run with the Chelsea youth side and even scored in the first leg of the final against Aston Villa at Villa Park. Chelsea went on to win 3-2 on aggregate and became FA Youth Cup champions for the first time in 39 years.

The 19-year-old also caught the eye of Dutch coach Bert van Marwijk and earned his first cap in July against Ukraine. Before the World Cup kicked of earlier in the summer there were even calls from some quarters of Oranje fans that Bruma should have been included in their squad for the tournament as they had an ageing defence.

Bruma is obviously highly thought of at Chelsea as he was offered a four-year contract in September, but if he is so highly thought of it is a little odd that Paulo Ferreira was preferred at centre back last weekend against Sunderland.

If Carlo Ancelotti thinks that we don’t need to buy as they youth can do the job then now is the time to show it and the only way we will ever find out if Bruma can step up is by giving him the opportunity to do so.

One of the players to be mooted for a January move to Chelsea is Phil Jones of Blackburn as he has Premier League experience and impressed when he got the chance. Jones benefitted from the injuries to Blackburn’s first choice defenders, so why can’t Bruma do the same?

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