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Chelsea’s failure to integrate youth into first-team summed up by damning statistic

Ruben Loftus-Cheek

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Chelsea’s failure to integrate youth into first-team summed up by damning statistic

Chelsea football club is not the ideal environment for players to develop and fulfil their potential – this we know.

However, something that the Blues have excelled, especially in recent years, is producing some seriously talented young players.

Our youth sides have enjoyed plenty of success since the turn of the decade, and they’re showing no signs of slowing down.

Chelsea youth cup

Chelsea’s academy sides have enjoyed plenty of success both domestically and in Europe.

The main issue that we are confronted with in SW6 is how we can bridge the gap between the academy and the first-team.

Not since John Terry broke into the starting side has an academy product played a significant role at the club. Andreas Christensen has the potential to do so, but it’s still very much early days.

andreas christensen

Andreas Christensen is looking like he could be the first Chelsea academy product since John Terry to force his way into the first-team.

Just how difficult it is for those who have graduated from our academy to force their way into the senior side has been summed up by one, damning stat.

Journalist Richard Jolly posted the below tweet, which does not make for enjoyable reading from a Chelsea fan’s perspective.

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