Key Chelsea Youngsters
Antonio Conte has built a very strong unit at Stamford Bridge these last couple of seasons. However, the basis for his success wasn’t build in a day and was instead carefully constructed over the last ten years with Chelsea’s unique loan system and academy structure providing the talent.
These days Chelsea’s fixtures are the safest picks when it comes to betting on a match. In almost all of Chelsea’s duels with other teams they are the clear favourites and punters often back them and end up with winning bets. And it is not just the match winners market. If you are a punter, you can back Chelsea to win the English Premier League, to Qualify for a Champions League spot or to reach the latter stages of a European Competition. That’s how good their player recruitment and development has been.
This season we have finally seen the fruits of the departing Emenalo and everybody who has been involved with player recruitment in West London. Players who were brought at the club at a very young age and were plying their trade at and away from Cobham have finally emerged as strong candidates for a first team role and we are likely to see them as Chelsea’s backbone in the next decade.
Andreas Christensen is a 21 year old Danish central defender who, before joining Chelsea’s first team this season, was loaned out to Borussia Monchengladbach for two seasons. The ambitious and confident Dane impressed in Germany and his development was closely followed by Chelsea’s scouts and technical director.
It is even said that Conte was so impressed by Christensen that he insisted that the young central defender came back from loan. His trust was immediately paid back as Andreas took David Luiz’s place in the team and has been a Chelsea regular ever since.
Ruben Loftus Cheek
Loftus Cheek is a 21 year old attacking midfielder who is currently on loan at Crystal Palace. He has long been considered as Chelsea’s greatest prospect, but because of his young age he has been very inconsistent in his performances.
This season however, he has been impressing fans and pundits by putting in some world class performances for Crystal Palace which even earned him an England call-up, a call-up in which he was the best player on the pitch.
Ampadu is only 17, but he has already made his Chelsea and Wales debut this season. He joined Chelsea from Exeter where he made his first professional appearance when he was only 15.
Ampadu plays as a defensive midfielder and is more of an Andrea Pirlo type of player than he is in the mould of a Claude Makelele. He possesses excellent control of the ball and has the vision for playing both short and long passes.
He can play a killer ball when given the space to do so and has already shown that he has no problem playing with older and more experienced players. The future is definitely very bright for this young midfield maestro.