With the regular appearances this season of Josh McEachran and Gael Kakuta on the champion’s team sheets and, the extended playing time they have been granted is this showing that the club which has always been known to buy top name players to fill the gaps is now putting the emphasis on youth.
McEachran who at 17 years old has the Champions League distinction of being the first player born after the competition started, to play in the tournament has already been touted around the media as the jewel in Chelseas youth crown.
He has a cultured ‘can opener’ of a left foot and the biggest compliment you can pay is that he looks like he belongs in the Chelsea first team picture. On the occasions Ancelotti has introduced him into the side from the bench he has fitted in seamlessly even un-noticed alongside Obi Mikel and Essien.
Although only slight of build at the moment he is no shrinking violet and is more than happy to pitch in when the tackles start flying.
His main attributes though are his ability to bring others into play in dangerous positions and he possesses an amazing range and deftness of pass which can only get better playing alongside the likes of Lampard. He has already had comparisons made with ex-blue Scott Parker and his upright style and overall tidiness are very reminiscent of the current West Ham skipper.
Kakuta, who shot to fame in 2009 amid a transfer scandal which temporarily stopped Chelsea’s transfer activity. Although this ban was rescinded later that year Chelsea were counting their blessings as they slowly got to see the benefits of signing Kakuta.
Wolves were the blues opponents when, with 20 minutes to go Kakuta was introduced and he gave an incredibly confident display of attacking and skill which had the fans drooling. The worldwide acclaim that followed was enough to secure a starting berth in the Champions League tie against APOEL and he repaid the faith shown by playing a massive part in Drogba’s opening goal.
The overall consensus amongst the Chelsea fans and staff is that given that it has taken little over 2 years for the Academy conveyer belt to start reaping the rewards the future is most definitely bright, the future is Blue.
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