Jose Mourinho doesn’t have the best reputation for developing youngsters, though is that a mark on his managerial skills or the nature of his clubs? Chelsea look to the market rather than their academy, while the pressure from above can certainly dictate who sees game time and who can be cast aside for another day.
But Mourinho will be working with a young group of players – a notably younger core than the one he left in 2007. Even with players like Oscar and Romelu Lukaku in the side, it has to be remembered that Thibaut Courtois may return to Stamford Bridge next year too.
So the positive in this Chelsea squad is that it doesn’t need too much work. The best XI more or less picks itself, with depth perhaps needed to combat the four fronts the club will compete in this season. That does open up opportunities for younger players, even if it means bringing in talents from abroad. It allows for continuality and familiarity in the future. Chelsea’s pulling power and the draw of working under Mourinho could see them land a number of extremely highly-rated youngsters in the near future.