Chelsea are barely a club renowned for their penchant in bringing through young talent, though the nature of their nightmare title defence seems to have afforded them the chance to do so.
With very little to play for during the final eight games of the season and major changes on the way, interim boss Guus Hiddink has finally seen fit to blood his emerging talent.
American defender Matt Miazga has been handed a starting berth for todays’ game with Aston Villa as both Gary Cahill and John Terry are carrying knocks.
It’s a decision that appears to have delighted the Blues faithful online, as they prepare for their first glimpses of their £3.5m winter signing.
MATT MIAZGA MAKES HIS DEBUT OH GOSH
— shijie ˎˊ˗ (@shijieeex) April 2, 2016
Honestly this is the most excited ive got to see a game! Matt Miazga!
— Monaco Pig (@MonaccoPig) April 2, 2016
Due to their utter capitulation since their coronation as champions of England, the West London outfit clearly don’t have an awful lot riding on the closing stretch of the season.
Other than professional pride of course.
Along with the likes of Kenedy and Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Hiddink has excited fans online by naming a younger side.
— Matt Ford (@Matt_Journalist) April 2, 2016
Your team today: Courtois, Azpilicueta, Ivanovic,Miazga, Baba, Fàbregas, Mikel, Pedro, Loftus-Cheek, Kenedy, Remy
Nice to see experimenting
— 100%Chelsea (@100PctChelsea) April 2, 2016
So, all is well in Chelsea land. Despite their awful season, at least the youngsters will get some game time at last ahead of next season’s rebuild. Right?
Chelsea have enjoyed huge success under Roman Abramovich, though are noted for their rash decisions and poor long term planning.
A look to today’s bench will sum that up entirely. Alexandre Pato and Radamel Falcao will watch from the dugout.
Pato and falcao on the bench, just for the bed wetting Fifa player manager brigade
— Andrew Guppy (@AndrewGuppy) April 2, 2016
Two big name forwards well past their heyday are unable to get into this side against this Aston Villa team.
Falcao and Pato on the bench.!! How this life thing turns..
— #PapaReabetswe (@GivenchySibz) April 2, 2016
The decision to sign either has baffled fans and pundits alike, with Pato yet to even appear since his January loan move.
While there’s excitement for the emerging brigade, understandably so, perhaps today’s game completely captures the wild nature of life at Chelsea.
Poor decisions and rash moves will always temper life under Abramovich, despite all the success his club have enjoyed since 2003.