Chelsea’s track record with the younger generation is about as good as Sam Allardyce’s style of football. Whether it has been Lewis Baker or Gael Kakuta, Chelsea cannot seem to take advantage of the endless lines of talent that are rolling out of their academy.
Ruben Loftus-Cheek is the latest starlet to be tipped for great things, but Mourinho has failed to give the youngster a chance and you can take to Football Manager to prove how good Cheslea’s youngsters can be.
Even if you can’t make the most of the academy, there is no reason why you shouldn’t use Chelsea’s deep pool of resources to bring in some of the best young stars that world football has to offer.
You might be looking for the next John Terry or Didier Drogba, or just investing randomly for the future (as I like to do), then these FIVE wonderkids must come into consideration if you are to dominate as Chelsea boss…
As John Terry’s career finally comes to an end, the search for Kurt Zouma’s central defensive partner is crucial.
Gary Cahill is not of the standard to play for much more than a season and other central defensive options will set you back nearly £50million.
Fortunately, Niklas Sule is the perfect option to accompany the powerful Frenchman. The towering German will be a rock against any cross and is one of the best around within a few seasons.
Gerson is the latest Brazilian attacking star on this edition of Football Manager. Unlike Barbosa, Gerson shouldn’t set you back any more than a few million and he will quickly become a crucial player for your squad in any attacking midfield role.
If you need goals, Gerson can be developed into a productive player scoring from off a main striker, but he has excelled most for me as a creator from wide.
As Pedro loses his pace, Gerson could be the youngster to fill the World Cup winner’s boots.
Despite being linked to Liverpool, Neves is actually a highly talented player. The Porto starlet has already made a name for himself on the Iberian peninsula and some of Europe’s biggest clubs are looking at this defensive midfield player.
With Mikel being Mikel and Matic short of defensive midfield support, Neves could comfortably step into a backup role in your squad.
Neves will begin your save at only 18-years-old, but his passing ability makes him an ideal deep lying playmaker for your side. Additionally, the Porto man can cover as a central midfield player if Cesc Fabregas’ inconsistencies become too annoying.
Once Azpilicueta has moved to right-back, because Ivanovic is too damn slow, Baba Rahman is left as your first choice left-back.
Understandably, the ex-Augsburg player has a decent level of potential in the game but is probably not ready to be your starting left-back. Jose Gaya is another option for that role, and the Valencia man has the pace to provide dangerous overlapping runs down the left flank.
Chelsea’s left-back may have to cover for Hazard’s lack of defensive work, but this Spaniard certainly has the engine to do the work of two.
Much like Gerson, Meyer will be one of the best attacking midfield players in the world within a few seasons.
Meyer is going to cost you considerably more than the Brazilian, but the Schalke man has a dribbling rating that will have FM fanatics around the world utterly loved up with this little star.
Whilst Schalke possess a decent squad, Meyer may well be lured by the offer of a bigger club and his exquisite first touch should make him a key cog within Chelsea’s squad.