Our Chelsea fans here inside the Transfer Tavern will be hoping Antonio Conte can blood some talented youngsters in the final stages of the season, now the Champions League seems out of reach after their crushing defeat to rivals Spurs.
We’ve seen Chelsea have a wobble for the majority of 2018, but in recent months they look like a team that cannot simply pull it together for themselves or the manager. Indeed, it hasn’t looked likely there will be a strong title defence for some time.
While things haven’t been going well of late, the punters propping up our bar will be hoping that the injection of new and fresh faces to the team may start to build something special to challenge Manchester City in the title race next season. What Chelsea have that most teams don’t though is a plethora of talent just waiting in the youth academy.
Much has been made of the loan system Chelsea use but on the odd occasion, it seems to work for them. What Conte could do with opting to do in these tough times ahead is leaning on his youngsters a little more, especially now they virtually have nothing to play for in the closing months of the Premier League season. With that in mind, our landlord takes a look at TWO players that could make the step up and build a case for first-team minutes next season…