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Four Chelsea academy flops who Billy Gilmour has already surpassed

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Four Chelsea academy flops who Billy Gilmour has already surpassed

Chelsea have finally seen a host of youngsters break through this season, none more impressive than Billy Gilmour, who was man of the match in our last two games.

The 18 year old has already made himself a genuine first team option, surpassing the achievements of many other Chelsea academy players from recent years.

Dom Solanke

Solanke and Tammy Abraham were once a deadly strike partnership for Chelsea’s youth sides. One had to go, and in the end it was Solanke who pushed for a better deal and was let go under Antonio Conte.

He made the switch to Liverpool, struggled to play there, then moved to Bournemouth – where he’s struggling to score.

There’s still the feeling he could be a good player, given what he did at youth level, but time is running out for the forward. If he doesn’t start scoring soon, the Championship beckons.

Izzy Brown

Izzy Brown was always thought of as a top prospect, and having made his debut in the Premier League with West Brom when he was 16, much was expected of his career after that.

He’s put together some solid runs since, but injuries have robbed him of several seasons worth of games, and now 23 it looks like he won’t be living up to the potential he showed all those years ago.

He’s finding his feet at Luton this season however, and if he can stay fit he can be a force in the Championship.

Josh McEachran

Everyone loved Josh at Chelsea as he made his debut in the super successful Carlo Ancelotti team. Everything seemed to be going right for Josh and the team when he made his debut.

Before long Carlo was gone however, and the young midfielder was sent on a series of mediocre loans where he played little.

Since then he has managed to establish himself as a solid Championship midfielder.

Islam Feruz

Perhaps because of his cool name an the way he was snatched from Celtic, there was quite the buzz around young Feruz, but he never came close to living up to it.

He never even really managed a successful loan, let alone a solid senior career. He is currently a free agent.

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