Asking to comment Chelsea technical director, Michael Emenalo, words on the players that came out of Tottenham academy, Guus Hiddink explained that the process to make it into the first team, especially in a big club, is not so easy as external people can imagine.
The “final step” is always the most difficult, especially if you are in a top team, that one of the reasons why Chelsea, that got a really good academy, didn’t bring many players into the first team in the past years:
“I don’t know exactly what Emenalo said, but it’s difficult to comment,” Hiddink said.
“At Spurs they have started a process to grow their own players twelve-thirteen years ago and Harry Kane came out of that, of course. At Chelsea the demands to be first team player is very high, you must have a very good recruitment department but it’s not easy in big clubs, it’s difficult to make the last step. Of Course Chelsea got good youngsters, they won many trophies, also around Europe, and that means that the average quality is ok, but you must ask yourself if among them you got 2-3 players that in a couple of years can make it in the first team.
“The youngsters, like Tammy Abraham, often train with us and you can see them how they grow in a short time, how they improve also their resistance, yesterday we had three-four players of the ones that won the youth League that participated to the training, among them Kasey Palmer, he is often with us. For me they learn much more when they train with the first team that playing with not so challenging teams.”