The Stamford Bridge has witnessed several young and promising players wilting under the pressure in recent years. Josh McEachran was once touted as the next big thing in English football . The once promising midfielder is now struggling to find a new club. The policy of buying talented youth for a bare minimum and send them out on loan , either for a future at Stamford Bridge if they are good enough, or to make profit by their sale later has been devastating for many exciting youngsters. Talents have been lost among all the chaos surrounding the Blues’ use of the loan system , often garnering comments that the club has such a large number of youngsters out on loan that they can start a mini-league of their own.
The path to the Chelsea first team has remained a dream for many talented youngsters. Despite winning the UEFA Youth League as well as the FA Youth cup last season, opportunities were few and far between for the youngsters to make their Stamford Bridge bow.
Several reports emanating from the UK have stated that the club have now made 14 new additions to the academy. Leading the influx of the new arrivals is 16 year old Swedish wonderkid Joseph Calley, who has garnered rave reviews in his homeland while playing for Brommapojkarna.
A defensive midfielder by trade , his strong performances have already drawn comparisons by his coach Dali Savic to Juventus powerhouse Paul Pogba. Savic had earlier claimed in June that the youngster was most probably on his way to the Premier League champions.
Also capable of playing as a defender, supporters back home have high hopes for the youngster , who has been offered a four-year academy contract at the Bridge.
He joins several youngsters from the Chelsea youth team of last season as the new faces at the club’s Cobham training base, most notably Trevoh Chalobah and Cole Dasilva. Several youngsters who impressed in the club’s under-18 setup last year , like Richard Nartey, Nathan Baxter, Mason Mount, Jared Thompson and Ike Ugbo , have all been awarded with new academy deals. Josh Grant and Malakai Hinckson-Mars are others who have been rewarded for their form in the Under-16 team, while other names include Daniel Kemp, Jacob Maddox, Luke McCormick and Harvey St Clair.
Chelsea supporters will be hoping that some of them can go on and carve out successful careers for themselves at Stamford Bridge. However, at a club with loose purse strings , and under a manager who is infamous for his lack of trust in youth, the players will be hoping that they can avoid the same fate that befell their predecessors.