How Chelsea’s transfer and player development policy has emphatically come back to bite them!
Now even the most ambitious of journalists have conceded Chelsea won’t be finishing anywhere the top 4 this season, and the reality of how bad they’ve been this season is hopefully settling in, both in the press room and for their sake the board room.
I’ve questioned the attitude of the players recently while most were seeming expecting a dramatic rival of the teams fortunes, truth is though there is more to it than just that and a manager falling out with a dressing room. The bottom line is Chelsea are also paying the price of their attitude in the transfer market.
Too keen to flood the squad with the latest big name at the detriment of re-building the solid core upon which their success was built and the team spirit which runs through the sides still fighting for the title.
It’s Chelsea’s impatience that fundamentally costs them, it’s almost as if they can’t be bothered to coach their players to improve, when they can just buy a ready made one.
They’ve made the FA youth cup final for 5 of the last 6 seasons winning 4 of them. Additionally they are in this years final too so that’s 6 finals in 7.
It’ll be interesting to see in a couple of years time how many of the last few years’ promising talents feature in the first team.
Jeffrey Bruma & Josh McEachran the only names you may recognise from the 2010 & 2011 squad list. McEachran just didn’t make it, Bruma made less than a handful of appearances. Connor Clifford who scored a spectacular winner in 2010 finds himself 6 years later plying his trade for Boreham Wood.
Loftus-Cheek was Chelsea’s brightest spark during This weekends mauling by Manchester City, nice to see a youth player from one of these cup winning squads finally be given a chance at the bridge. Guess what? He’s performing better than the collection of over the hill misfits and juvenile spoilt mercenaries who have flooded the squad this season.
Not since John Terry has a player graduated through Chelsea’s academy, maybe they’ve found one, what if there is more? How much game time will Dominic Solanke and Charlie Colkett get in the Chelsea Blue? Time will tell.
It’s more than just the lack of progress these promising best in their generation youth players make that causes me concern. It’s the players that come in and then go out of the club ahead of the ones who stay. I sometimes wonder what the thought process is? It can’t be down to ability in all cases, so is there a bit about image? Marketability? Favouritsm?
Either way some questionable decisions made at the club, particularly in attacking positions. It’s fitting that despite an Aguero hat-trick the man responsible for dismantling Chelsea this weekend was Kevin De Bruyne. He was exceptional and a class above anything in a Chelsea shirt. De Bruyne made a defence splitting pass to set up the opening goal on the first day of the season for Chelsea in 2013. He would play for them just twice more.
When you think of the players who have been through the football club it has to cause questions to be asked. But the question I’d like to ask is this.. Even ignoring the players who have left to join other leagues in Europe, focussing just on players in the Premier League this season, how would this lot down here have got on?
Johnson Huth Ake Bertrand
Moses De Bruyne Mata
Don’t analyse each player, or ask why they left? Just ask yourself would that squad of players based on this season be above 10th in the table after 33 games?
I’ll give you a clue, 9 of the 11 are, and one of the others in the top 5 premier goalscorers.
Time Chelsea start looking at the bigger picture and getting their player development and transfer policy right and in the interests of the team and not any other politics or agenda. If they don’t, this years ‘blip’ might happen a lot more often