Chelsea’s PL2 stars: Can they become Blues icons?
Chelsea boast one of the most successful academy setups in England, if not Europe. Since 2010, the Blues’ junior ranks have won six FA Youth Cups, two UEFA Youth League titles, three U18 Premier League southern titles, one U18 Premier League national title, a Premier Reserve League title and an U21 Premier League title.
Yet, the last academy graduate to truly make himself a mainstay in the Chelsea first team was John Terry, who made his debut for the Blues in the previous millennium. Since then, Ryan Bertrand has been the only other successful youth product of note, but he was allowed to leave for Southampton after a few seasons on the fringes of the senior team.
Clearly, something needs to give at Stamford Bridge and while we often focus on the first team manager failing to provide the right pathways, perhaps it’s a question of the quality of youngster Chelsea are producing too.
So, are there any youngsters at the west London club who can finally break the mould? Football FanCast take a look at four of Chelsea’s best performers at Premier League 2 level this season, and then give you the chance to decide which has the best chance of becoming a first team regular…