Since Roman Abramovich’s arrival at the club, Chelsea have enjoyed an era of unparalleled success, a period that has seen the club win five Premier League titles, five FA Cups, three League Cups, a Europa League and a Champions League. While the club has gone through a massive period of success, it has failed massively in terms of bringing through young players.
Unusually for Chelsea over recent years, Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Ethan Ampadu and Callum Hudson-Odoi could all be given a chance in the first-team this year. Aside from this season, the club has failed to capitalise on a youth academy that has been incredibly successful and produced some brilliant youth players such as Nathaniel Chabolah, Dominic Solanke and Lewis Baker.
Such is the model at Chelsea, that any good young player at the club is usually sent out on loan for a number of seasons and then sold for an inflated fee a la Kevin De Bruyne and Romelu Lukaku. While he hasn’t yet been sold, Lewis Baker is a prime example of a great young player who has no future at the club but is constantly loaned out and is now at his fifth loan club.
According to The i newspaper, Fifa is considering limiting teams to loaning out a maximum of just four players per season. For a club like Chelsea who currently have 40 players out on loan, this would force them to downsize their squads dramatically. Essentially the rule change would reward clubs for developing players rather than stockpiling talent to then sell on.
Chelsea fans…what do you think?