With Jose Mourinho back at Chelsea for a second spell, the expectations are sure to be high. Club owner Roman Abramovich seems to have come to terms with the fact things just haven’t been the same since he fell out with the self-entitled Special One back in 2007, and has reappointed the man who bought him the greatest period of success at the club since he purchased the Stamford Bridge outfit in the summer of 2003.
A decade on since Abramovich’s arrival in England, Chelsea have spent more than any other Premier League side, and in return have picked up three Premier League titles, four FA Cup’s, a Champions League and a Europa League.
But one criticism has been the lack of homegrown talent that has played it’s part in any of those triumphs. John Terry aside, and also Ryan Bertrand’s surprise selection in the 2012 Champions League Final – opportunities for youngsters to break into the Stamford Bridge first team have been limited far too often.
With the second coming of Mourinho however, things could prove to be different. The club has an exciting array of young talent, most of which has been out on loan for the past twelve months. But with Mourinho back in charge, we can expect a few to be recalled and hopefully given an opportunity to impress at Stamford Bridge.
Here we have identified five young players who could well be set to receive a chance to shine next season.