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Chelsea are being criticised this summer for selling a lot of their Academy’s players who have the potential to become football stars: between them, for example, Dominik Solanke and Bertrand Traoré.

However, defender Andreas Christensen, another of the players who played on loan last season, believes Chelsea and their youth system are working very well: “I’d like to think Chelsea’s academy helps yong players – Christensen told the Evening Standard -. Some people say that they just abandon you, that they don’t keep an eye on you, but that is definitely not true. “There is Eddie Newton and Paulo Ferreira doing a great job and they visited me quite a few times. They would also send me videos of my games, telling me where to improve. I always watched those videos, would take the advice on board and take it into the next game, even though sometimes I’d forget another thing. I got all the help I needed.”


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New Liverpool signing Dominic Solanke have completed a move earlier today.

The 19-year-old forward was a free-agent as his contract Chelsea ended in June, anyway the Reds will pay a fee esteemed around £3m following the decision of a tribunal.

“It feels amazing and everyone has made me feel welcome already, – Solanke told Liverpool’s official website – Even just pulling on the training top, I was over the moon. Hopefully I can put on the shirt in the near future and make some history here.”

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For the second group fixture England were matched against the Netherlands. England found themselves a goal behind before Dominic Solanke levelled matters.

With the game delicately balanced it was left to Izzy Brown to secure the victory with a stoppage time winner.

England have one last group game to take care of, against Croatia this coming Monday, before contemplating taking part in the semi-finals.

Solanke has now scored in both group matches, here`s hoping he continues on his scoring run and that the Chelsea youngsters continue to prosper in the U19 England squad.

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With over thirty Chelsea players out on loan, who is it worth bringing back in to the first team squad?

Nathan Ake– He has played consistently well for Watford this season, the club really could have done with him when they had problems at left-back, definitely worth having Ake in the first team.

Patrick Bamford– Finally getting some game time on loan at Norwich after a terrible time at Crystal Palace in the first half of the season. Named Championship player of the year last year, huge potential, needs to be given a chance rather then being loaning in players such as Pato and Falcao who have added nothing to the squad.

Dominic Solanke– The young England forward has done very well during his loan spell at Vitesse. At just 18 years-old Solanke has huge potential, scoring 7 goals in just 16 appearances in the Eredivisie.

Charly Musonda– Currently out on loan at La Liga side Real Betis, Musonda is very highly rated at Chelsea. The 19 year old has scored one and assisted one in his 8 appearances since making the move in January.

Andreas Christensen– Currently out on loan at Borussia Monchengladbach, the young Dane has played a few first team games for the Blues most notably away at Liverpool when there was ‘that’ Gerrard slip and Chelsea won 2-0. A big strong defender with a bright future ahead.

Juan Cuadrado– Given just a handful of games after his big money signing in January 2015 he was shipped out on loan just 6 months later. Surely needs to be given a proper chance, he has 4 goals and 5 assists for Juventus and is very highly thought of in Turin- it must be for a good reason. Give him some game time!

Players like Izzy Brown, Lewis Baker and Mo Salah all deserve more game time in the Chelsea squad. This is a huge issue that needs to be addressed by the incoming manager.

Having a look at the players needed and the players that aren’t. And instead of constantly loaning them out, these player need to stay or go.

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Chelsea players enjoying the parade © Francesca Ceciarini

Chelsea’s recent record in the transfer market has been brilliant; consistently improving the side whilst making a profit, the return of Jose Mourinho in the summer of 2013 appearing to usher a new era of clarity and long term planning.

The Premiership victory last season was largely the result of the transfer dealings of the previous 18 months, and the next campaign could be defined by who Chelsea sign when the transfer market opens on July 1st. It is an opportunity to cement Chelsea’ dominance from last season, and with their main rivals needing extensive work in order to challenge to take the Blues’ title, Chelsea could dominate the league for next two or three years if they buy wisely.

Chelsea have been linked with a number of players, but all appear to be in the same positions. It is widely expected that Filipe Luis will be replaced with another left-back so as to not leave the team wholly dependent upon a right-footer, although a very good one, in Cesar Azpilicueta on that side of the defence, and that Didier Drogba’s departure, following last year’s surprise return, will result in another striker coming in.

Those two positions are of paramount importance, in particular the latter. Chelsea won the league last year because of their superb form at the beginning of the season and the goals of Diego Costa. They cannot afford another season where they rely upon the Spain international’s goals, his perennial hamstring trouble flared up again towards the end of least season and if Chelsea are to retain their title, let alone challenge for the Champions League, they will need another attacking outlet. Loic Remy, though a good enough centre-forward for the Premiership, will not score the necessary goals should Costa struggle with injury again. Therefore, another striker is needed, and it appears that Radamel Falcao has been singled out as a short term solution. The Colombian had a poor season at Manchester United, but his previous good form for Atletico Madrid appears to be enough for Mourinho to take a gamble. A one year loan deal is apparently imminent.

Saying that Chelsea have also been heavily linked with Atletico striker Antoine Griezmann, though the buy-out clause of £43 million may appear too much with the restraints of FFP. Whether either or both transfer is dependent upon the other is yet to be seen, should Chelsea secure the deal for Falcao that might be considered sufficient without such an outlay on Griezmann.

With a bit of thought the Falcao deal appears perfect for Chelsea’s long term aims. it would give cover to Costa but not get in the way of promising talent such as Dominic Solanke, who the manager wants to try and bed in to the team from next season. Therefore, Chelsea’s transfer dealings should not focus entirely upon who they can buy at the expense of their opponents, but rather which players can provide the short term support that neither puts too much pressure on the abundance of talent about to progress from the academy, nor get in its way.

A deal for Koke, an undoubtedly fine player, should not be considered as the club already has talent in his central midfield position and has enough coming through, most notable Ruben Loftus-Cheek who made his debut at home to Liverpool last season. Should Gareth Bale become available, as has been suggested since Real Madrid’s season came to an abrupt end in the Champions League, then a deal should be given thought, however unlikely. Bale is the sort of player Chelsea did miss last season during Eden Hazard’s rare off performances, but again it is the academy players that should be considered above all else as they are ones that could secure Chelsea’s domestic dominance for some years to come.

There is work to do in the squad, but not a great deal. Chelsea have shown remarkable discipline in both youth development and transfer dealings int he past three of four years, and the objective of any business over the next two months should be to maintain both.


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Next season will be a crucial one for Chelsea side. Ambitious aims and new top players but those features will give also a fundamental chance to new young stars.

Mourinho said: “Next season, Ruben [Loftus-Cheek] will not be a kid in the development process. He will be a first-team player, absolutely ready to play and compete. And we will do the same with two or three or four players. From that team that won the UEFA Youth League, four belong to my squad. Four are my players, first-team players who train with the first-team every day and develop with the first-team.”

Loftus-Cheek already showed some of his great skills last Sunday against Liverpool but obviously the best is yet to come. Isaiah Brown 18 years old and Dominic Solanke 17 are two other players expected to be involved in next first team season.

Ruben Loftus-Cheek said about Sunday: “It was amazing to be playing at Stamford Bridge with the stadium full. I have only experienced that for a few minutes when I came on as a substitute against Sporting Lisbon earlier this season.” He knows that it won’t be hard “playing with some of the best players in the world, you’re going to get better every day. It’s important for me to work hard and give 100  per cent in training to try to improve. I think I have a good chance, if I work hard.”


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Tonight Under 21's are playing a home-game at Aldershot against Liverpool


Tonight the young Blues are facing the young Reds at Aldershot at 7.05 pm.

Last Monday Chelsea U21’s played against Fulham, securing a 3-1 win thanks to Dominic Solanke and Charly Musonda. The young Blues players are going into the game unbeaten in four and off the back of three consecutive victories.

The assistant coach Andy Myers is understandably pleased with the players, since they scored five goals without reply in the previous matches against Southampton and Everton.

“The boys are confident, it’s been good to keep a couple of clean sheets recently while at the same time playing well and getting results,” he tells the official Chelsea website.

“It’s important not to be overly confident but the boys are maturing and now they know what needs to be done.”

Andy Myers is confident Chelsea U21’s can maintain this recent form.

“We need to maintain the winning habit to keep the pressure on the teams above us,” says Myers.

“Tomorrow’s game is a really big one because Liverpool are in the same situation as ourselves, so it’s important for both sides. We want to put the pressure on so teams in front of us have to keep looking over their shoulders.”

Supporters are being encouraged to watch the game at Aldershot tonight as all proceeds raised will go to the Disaster and Emergency Committee (DEC) Nepal Appeal.

Myers really hopes they will raise a lot of money.

“It’s so important to raise money for the victims of the Nepal earthquake because obviously what happened was really shocking,” he adds.

“I think it will be a good game and the fact it’s for such a good cause makes it even more important to get a big crowd.”

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Frank Arnesen, Chelsea’s former youth development chief, says Mourinho must show courage by promoting young Blues stars

According to Chelsea’s former youth development director, Frank Arnesen, Chelsea should promote some of the latest FA Youth Cup-winning side to their senior squad.

The Dane claims that there are three or four “special” players good enough to be part of Mourinho’s plans.

He insisted on saying that Tammy Abraham, Dominic Solanke and Charlie Colkett deserve the chance to get promoted.

At the inaugural Sporting Directors’ Summit at Manchester City’s Etihad Stadium, Arnesen told Telegraph Sport: “The club have to have the courage to say, ‘Okay, he is not number one, but I want him as second [choice].
“Now, they are third or fourth, and that is the problem. You cannot play with four youth players, if you want to win anything, in the same game. But you can play with one.
“It was obvious that, in the last years, the best youth players in England, by a mile, came from Chelsea.
“But because of the philosophy of the first team, they never got a chance. And if you don’t get a chance then you can never say they weren’t good enough.
“Chelsea have chosen that and have not given the time or the places to the young kids to go in and be developed.”

Arnesen watched the final of the FA Youth Cup on Monday night winning over City.
He added: “It’s interesting to see this bunch of players, which is probably the most talented.
“They were there when I was there. They were only eight or nine years old, like Tammy, like Solanke, Colkett. That was a fantastic job from the scouting at that point.
“That was also my philosophy. I said, ‘Listen, the most important thing is players from the London area between six and 10 years old’.

“The way they’re playing football, the same way we started: 4-3-3, play, don’t be afraid, play possession games, get into the box, play with wingers if possible.”

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Paul Merson believes Diego Costa’s absence from the Chelsea team will be decisive in the Blues’ quest to secure a first Premiership title since 2010.

Merson, who served the Gunners for many in the 1990s, says Chelsea will set themselves up to stop Arsenal scoring when they visit the Emirates on Sunday without their main striker, as they did against Man Utd at home last week.

“If Costa’s fit it’s a different game, but if he’s not fit I can’t see any goals,” Merson told the Express.

“Last week, Chelsea had 30 per cent of the play at home but Man Utd never looked like scoring.”

Chelsea have missed Costa when he has been unable to play this season, and injury and suspension have kept the Spain international out a various points since he joined the club last summer. Chelsea are also missing Loic Remy, also injured, and could be without veteran striker Didier Drogba after reports he picked up an ankle injury in training, meaning they could start with the promising 17-year old Dominic Solanke as the main man up front. There is also the option of deploying Eden Hazard as a striker but Mourino has been reluctant to do this in the past two seasons.


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Chelsea U19 won 3-1 the first leg of the Youth Cup tonight in Manchester against City.

Viveash boys got another important win just one week after the success in the Youth League in Nyon, and now they wait for the second leg that will be played in Stamford Bridge next Monday.

The goals were scored by Abraham ( brace) and Solanke, while Buckley-Ricketts scored the only one for City.


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