Much has been made of Chelsea’s various youth teams, with our resident Blues regularly tuning in to watch them in action. Indeed, their academy is one of Europe’s most effective, with trophy wins and league domination a regular fixture throughout the different age groups.
Chelsea’s dominance in the FA Youth Cup, in particular, has been well documented over the years. They’ve featured in each of the last six finals, winning five of them, and so there is no doubting the talent on display within the under-18 age group.
Indeed, they showed that quality once again today, as they continued their dominant league form against Swansea City. Coming out 5-1 winners, the Blues were in typically dominant fashion.
Chelsea posted the result on their official Twitter page, and unsurprisingly, the victory has created a lot discussion. That’s no real surprise, of course, especially if you contrast the form of Chelsea’s first team with the youth offering. Whilst the Blues continue to struggle in the Premier League, quite the opposite can be said of the under-18 side.
— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) February 9, 2018
This is a point that has been echoed over on Twitter, with most Chelsea fans saying the exact same thing: give the youth a chance!
Some are being reasonable with it, and suggesting that a few players deserve a chance, whilst others are being more dramatic in demanding that the under-18 team in its entirety should be involved in the first team.
Either way, the message remains the same, and if Conte was watching, he’ll no doubt have some thinking to do as he looks to turn his team around. Take a look at what Chelsea fans have had to say below…
Start them against Barca and put in Hazard
— GEDA WAY (@kenoMendi) February 9, 2018
Play u18 on first team
— Ali (@riverosfadel) February 9, 2018
put the boys againts barça maybe we have a chance
— sylvanas rainha anduin nadinha (@kevstark) February 9, 2018
Start them on Monday
— Captain Daveilicuetta (@daveilicuetta) February 9, 2018
Take one of their defenders and replace cahil with them
— Aneeeev (@canisurvivee) February 9, 2018
playing better than the first team at the moment
— Michelle lowey (@Michellelowey1) February 9, 2018
Better then first team
— Never Give Up Blues (@dash_gadel) February 9, 2018
When our youth have more passion/determination than the so called professionals of the 1st team. Well done lads.
— ¹¹ (@kilwa_eyad) February 9, 2018
Add a few of these players into our team in the next couple of games, what have we got to lose? Our season is just going down hill and needs change immediately. Sick of having to wake up at ridiculous times to watch us draw with clubs like everton and lose to clubs like Watford
— Fame Crizekz || Chris (@oCJGunek) February 9, 2018
Replace them with the over-paid First team.
if the main team can't play, Why not give these kids a chance to show them how to do it!
— Caasi (@bubu_ice1) February 9, 2018
Play this boy in next match in @premierleague.
— Piyush (@Piyush_Delhiite) February 9, 2018
HOPE THE 1ST TEAM WERE WATCHING, IF THEY DONT HAVE THE STOMACH FOR A FIGHT, MOVE OVER LADS THE UNDER 18;'S ARE PRIMED AND READY!!!
— panicosvarnava (@panicosvarnava) February 9, 2018
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