Reports have emanated in the UK that Chelsea have brought in a plethora of new faces to their academy, with Swedish prodigy, Joseph Calley the major addition.
Calley has garnered rave reviews while playing in his homeland for Brommapojkarna as a defensive midfielder. His impressive performances has led to comparisons to Juventus’ midfield enforcer, Paul Pogba by his coach Dali Savic.
Savic claimed earlier in June that Calley was on his way to Chelsea who have now offered him a four-year academy contract.
It remains to be seen if the 16-year old youngster would not wilt under pressure and go on to develop into the next Chelsea defensive midfield star.
Over the years, the Premier League club’s promising youngsters have all failed to live up to the billings, with England U-21 player Josh McEachran being the notable among them.
McEachran was once touted as the next Frank Lampard, Xavi and the likes, but the once promising teenage sensation is presently without a club. This is due to the Blues mismanagement of youths, as well as their fruitless loan system which has not really been rewarding.
Unlike their London rivals, Arsenal, Chelsea do not believe in youth and as such do not give them a chance to impress. The club have a policy of buying talented young players and send them out on loan, in order to, most importantly, make profits on them when they are later sold, and not to prepare them for a future at the club.
Only two out of 18 young players are likely to make the cut to the Blues first team, which is relatively poor, talent-killing and devastating for the youngsters. Although things seems to have improved a bit with Dominic Solanke, Izzy Brown and Ruben Loftus-Cheek all featuring for the Chelsea first team for some part of last season.
Jose Mourinho has however confirmed that Loftus-Cheek will be a first-team player next term after the England youth player clearly impressed the manager.
The U-19 team won the UEFA Youth League as well as the FA Cup last season, but the Chelsea first team chance still remains an illusion.
Joseph Calley and the other youngsters – Trevoy Chalobah, Cole Da Silva, Richard Nartey, Nathan Barter, Mason Mount, Jared Thompson, Ike Ugbo, Josh Grant, Malakai Hinckson-Mars, Daniel Kemp, Jacob Maddox, Luke McCormick and Harvey St Clair – will however be trying to avoid suffering the fates of their predecessors. Chelsea fans would also be hoping that some of these youngsters go on to carve a niche and create a good impressions for themselves.
At a club like Chelsea who are always willing to splash the cash, and with a manager who does not really believe in giving youths a chance, Calley’s chance of developing into the Makeleles, Matics and Pogbas of tomorrow seems slim.
It is hoped, however, that he goes on to fulfil his potentials.