Mourinho will give some of the clubs ‘next world stars’ a chance
Chelsea gaffer Jose Mourinho has promised to bring some of Chelsea’s academy products through into his first-team next campaign.
The Premier League table-toppers have a successful academy and have won two of the last three FA Youth Cups.
Chelsea’s starlets are on track for another trophy this season as they beat Manchester City’s youngsters 3-1 in Monday’s first-leg and the Blues’ Under 19s side were crowned champions of the UEFA Youth League at the beginning of this month.
However, even though the Blues are successful at academic level, only former England international John Terry has become a regular in Chelsea’s first-team.
Mourinho has confirmed that he will give some of the clubs ‘next world stars’ a chance to in the Blues first-team next season.
He said: “I cannot have a squad of 10 men and 10 kids.
“I must have a squad like we have now of 16 or 17 seniors and three or four kids.
“Some of the older ones will go on loan to play every game in the Championship or the Premier League, even abroad.
“And we will bring some of the younger ones into the process.
“But to have them all at the same time in the first-team squad is hard.
“From that team that won the UEFA Youth League, four belong to my squad. Four are my players, first-team players who train with the first-team every day and develop with the first-team.
“When they’re not selected with the first-team – and normally they’re not selected – they go back and play there.
“Their development is easier when they’re training everyday with the first-team, doing pre-season, playing some matches, playing 20 minutes or half an hour in an FA Cup match, Capital One Cup match, even a Champions League match or in the league now and again.
“They belong to a process.
“I can’t have 10 of these young players in my squad but I can have three or four and we did that with Loftus-Cheek, [Izzy] Brown, [Andreas] Christensen and [Nathan] Ake – and Solanke a few times.” he added.
One of Mourinho’s favourite youngsters is England Under 19 star Ruben Loftus-Cheek and he looks to give him plenty of chances next season.
The midfielder with plenty of skill, made his Chelsea debut against Portuguese side Sporting Lisbon in the Champions League last December, and looks set to appear a handful of times for the Blues.
Mourinho said: “Next season, Ruben will not be a kid in the development process.
“He will be a first-team player, absolutely ready to play and compete.
“And we will do the same with two or three or four players.” continued Mourinho.
By Drew Darbyhsire (@DarbySports)