Chelsea haven’t had much of a reputation for developing youth over the last few years, but is that changing? According to the Evening Standard, the Blues are considering giving Reece James a chance in the first team when his loan at Wigan expires this summer. They’ve clearly been impressed by his form, and with good reason.
Despite the club’s lack of attention on young products, that doesn’t mean that there’s no talent within their ranks, though. In fact, to the contrary, there are a number of young players both at Stamford Bridge and away on loan that the Blues shouldn’t be ignoring.
If they’re going to give James a chance, then, it makes sense for them to give opportunities to a few more, too.
With that said, here are 2 other Chelsea youngsters that Sarri must keep this summer…
The best compliment that you can pay to Mason Mount is that when you watch it, there are shades of Frank Lampard – the manager that is now managing him at Derby County.
The Englishman has been out of action with an injury in recent months, but prior to that point, and in the time since that blow, he’s been able to show his class.
An excellent range of passing, brilliant dribbling and an eye for a goal, the young Englishman is perfectly suited to a role in the heart of a three-man midfield – and he’s perfectly suited to Chelsea.
Mateo Kovacic hasn’t worked out at Chelsea this term, and you’d struggle to find a better replacement than young Mount.
Tammy Abraham wasn’t able to prove his worth in the Premier League last season, but this term, he’s shown what he’s all about. Having dropped back down to the Championship, he’s played a starring role for Aston Villa, and with 22 goals under his belt already, nobody can question his ability.
When at the correct club, he’s a natural goalscorer, and it’s hard to find evidence for any claim along the lines of him not unsuited to the Premier League. If he can score 22 goals in the Championship, he’s ready for the Premier League.
That’s not to say that he would be a starter at Chelsea. Indeed, he lacks the experience to go into next season as the Blues’ first choice – but that doesn’t mean he can’t have a role to play.
A role alongside Olivier Giroud or Gonzalo Higuain makes a lot of sense. Chelsea lack goals – and he can provide them.