Chelsea: 5 Exciting Youngsters that have unlimited Potential

Chelsea Youngsters ruben loftus cheek

Chelsea are renowned to have one of the best Youth academies in the World with the Blues Colts the defending Champions of the Under-18 Premier League and are also the most successful English Team in the UEFA Youth League having won the Tournament twice.


So here’s a look at five exciting Chelsea youngsters who have Potential to achieve great things at Stamford Bridge in the years to come. Note that any player under the age of 23 is considered a youngster and even players from Chelsea’s Loan army are being taken into consideration. So here it is.

5. Mason Mount- 19 Years Old

The 19-Year-old is Touted to be one of the best Midfielders for not only Chelsea but also for England. Mount is Currently on Loan at Derby County where under Frank Lampard he is continuing his development and is turning some heads.

Mason Mount

Mount had a chance to show his parent Club what he’s made of when Derby squared off against Chelsea in the League Cup where Chelsea had to work exceptionally hard to register a 3 – 2 win over Derby but Mount proved his mettle with a Wonderful assist and exceptional passing from Midfield. 

 

 

4. Callum Hudson-Odoi- 18 Years Old

Hudson-Odoi was the talk of the town during the whole of Chelsea’s Pre-Season. With Eden Hazard and Willian recovering from long World Cup campaigns, Callum Hudson-Odoi Stepped in and was absolutely sensational.

Callum Hudson-Odoi

Though the youngster didn’t score any goals he showed an awful amount of flair and drive as he dribbled past defenders with ease to create Goals for Chelsea. With reports emerging that Hudson-Odoi is now set for a Loan move in order to get more game time, we sincerely hope that he hits the ground running at his Club and comes back a much-improved player.

 

 

3. Ethan Ampadu- 18 Years Old

Ampadu is a special player. Let me tell you why Firstly, the Welsh youngster is versatile and can be deployed at CM, CDM and at CB.

Ethan Ampadu

Second, he has the composure and calmness of a Seasoned campaigner, Ampadu made his debut for Chelsea at the age of 17 and he was calm on the ball, effective and very Impressive. He is a regular in the Senior Welsh team and has just signed a new long-term contract with Chelsea. Big things are expected from Ampadu, let’s see if he can live up to the expectation.

 

 

2. Andreas Christensen- 22 Years Old

Christensen may have been neglected by Sarri this Season but I still feel the Danish youngster has a future at Stamford Bridge, or at least I hope he does.

Andreas Christensen

Christensen has maturity and solidity that is way beyond his years, he is expected to be one of the greatest Centre-Backs of his Generation. With an aging David Luiz, Christensen needs to start taking seriously, the game time he gets and needs to impress Maurizio Sarri soon. If Chelsea let him go, like Mohamed Salah, Kevin De Bruyne, and Romelu Lukaku, Christensen would be another one that got away.

 

 

1. Ruben Loftus-Cheek- 22 Years Old

Loftus-Cheek has been spoken about for a long time and to be fair he’s lived up to the hype as well. Loftus-Cheek’s performances for Chelsea this Season have been particularly good especially in a Home game against BATE Borisov where he went on to score a Hattrick.

Chelsea Youngsters ruben loftus cheek

With Reports emerging that Loftus-Cheek will be loaned out for 6 Months in January and maybe Half a Season of regular Game-Time and no injuries is exactly what the English International needs. Furthermore, Cesc Fabregas is bound to leave the Club and Mateo Kovacic’s future is still unclear so maybe coming back an improved player with lesser competition may just elevate Loftus-Cheek’s Chelsea Career. 

Premier League 2017/18: Second Season ‘Blues’? What went wrong at Chelsea this Season

What went wrong at Chelsea this Season

Twelve months ago Antonio Conte took the Premier League by a storm, his passion on the touchline, determination and tactical awareness was instrumental in bringing the Premier League trophy to West London in his very first season as manager.

Big things were expected from Chelsea, they had everything in their favor, a Manager who was tactically superior, a talented squad and owner Roman Abramovic’s big pockets. So what really went wrong at Chelsea?

 

Poor Transfer Business:

Part of the reason why Chelsea Succeeded in the 2016/17 campaign was the fact that they had no Champions League football and could solely concentrate on the premier league, Antonio Conte could field the same Playing XI every week.

To put things in Perspective, Chelsea saw Branislav Ivanovic, Nathan Ake, Nemanja MaticDiego Costa, Asmir Begovic and Nathaniel Chalobah leave the club and first team players Kurt Zouma and Ruben Loftus-Cheek go out on loan.

In return, Chelsea signed Davide ZappacostaAntonio Rudiger, Timoue BakayokoAlvaro Morata, Willy Caballero, and Danny Drinkwater who were basically like-for-like replacements for the departed players. Chelsea Also recalled prodigal Centre-back Andreas Christensen from loan thereby just signing replacements rather than enhancing their squad depth.

To add to their problems the summer recruits were mere shadows of their predecessors especially Timoue Bakayoko and Alvaro Morata.  Replacing Nemanja Matic and Diego Costa is no mean feat and both Bakayoko and Morata are talented players but this season they both seemed undercooked and sloppy.

The winter transfer window seemed to bring some relief with the signings of Ross Barkley, Olivier Giroud and left back Emerson Palmieri while out of favor forward, Michy Batshuayi was sent out on loan to Borussia Dortmund. Ross Barkley and Emerson were injured when they arrived, which meant that yet again Chelsea was short on manpower.

 

Lack of Clinical Strikers:

A common factor in all title-winning sides is that one 20-goal a season striker who ensures that the team remains stable in attack and consistently finds the back of the net.  Chelsea used to have that, in fact, they had one of the best men in that position, Diego Costa. Costa was an absolute beast in every sense, he was a clinical finisher,  was strong on the ball and most importantly had the grit and determination that makes strikers successful in the English Topflight. One goal that sums up Diego Costa as a player came against West Brom at home, Chelsea were on top of the table and had to win to retain their top spot, West Brom had effectively shut Chelsea down for 76 minutes when Diego Costa out of nowhere bullied his way through defender Gareth McAuley before slotting the ball into the top corner from a very tight angle. That was Diego Costa when everything wasn’t going his way, he would accept the challenge head on and make sure he would come out on top.

So when Chelsea lost him and replaced him with a more subtle Alvaro Morata who seemed to know how to score only with his head and that too only off of Compatriot Cezar Azpilicueta’s crosses they had virtually lost any chance of retaining their title. I’m not saying that Morata is a bad player, he has bags of potential and is still very young but can he be the leading frontman at a club like Chelsea, NO, not at all he is still an unfinished product.

The Signing of Olivier Giroud did somewhat save Chelsea’s Season but the 31-year-old Frenchman is a tad bit slow and is towards the fag end of his career.

Giroud, Morata, and Batshuayi scored a combined 16 goals, which sums up their story this season.

 

Antonio Conte’s fall out with…… Everyone:

Antonio Conte in the 2016/17 campaign, made Chelsea likable again, the charming Italian had been aggressive on the touchline and in training but always stayed away from controversies and went about his job with absolute professionalism and grace.

There has been a tectonic shift in his behavior this Season. Before the season even started,  it was pretty public news that Conte had told Diego Costa that he was not in his plans and had infamously conveyed his discontent through a text message. Following the Diego Costa fiasco, Conte publicly complained about Chelsea’s lack of substantial transfer business when compared to their rivals in every press conference, which I’m guessing didn’t go down well with Abramovic and the Chelsea Board.

Things just went from bad to worse when Conte had a fall out with Centre-back David Luiz that has virtually ended the Brazilian’s Chelsea career and then a war of words with former Chelsea Manager and current United boss Jose Mourinho didn’t really help his cause and just lead to some bad publicity.

Chelsea would be hoping they can put this Season behind them and collect some silverware with the FA cup final against Manchester United scheduled on the 19th of May. Can Chelsea bounce back? Will Antonio Conte be at the helm at the start of the 2018/19 campaign? Only time will tell.