Chelsea’s academy has earned a lot of attention over the years, and with good reason. Many of Europe’s best young talents have been growing behind the scenes at Stamford Bridge, and now Maurizio Sarri has the task of getting them into the first team.
Though seen as an easy feat, it’s anything but, with the transition to performing for a top European side not an easy one for young players.
That said, there is no doubting that Chelsea have incredible youth talents within their ranks, and it’s hard to identify who is the best. It appears as though many Chelsea fans have already made their decision on that, though.
Undeniably, the two biggest names in the Chelsea academy at present at Callum Hudson-Odoi and Ethan Ampadu. Both, on occasion, have been involved in the first team, and whenever they’ve played they have looked solid.
We recently asked Chelsea fans who they think is Chelsea’s best young player, selecting both Hudson-Odoi and Ampadu in particular. Eager to include any other choices, we also included another ‘other’ option, with 8% of those polled voting for that. However overwhelmingly taking the win was Callum Hudson-Odoi, who picked up 54% of the vote, whilst Ampadu earned just 38% of the vote.
Clearly, both players are popular among fans, but Hudson-Odoi has done a lot to prove his worth in particular.
He was arguably the star of the show for Chelsea over the summer, impressing in the attack prior to the return of Eden Hazard, and though he hasn’t been given much of a chance over the last month or two, it’s clear that he’s got unbelievable potential.
At just 17-years-old, he’s still got more than enough time to make an impact as the season continues to progress, and it’s clear that fans have huge expectations.
Chelsea fans – thoughts?
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