Until the Era of Frank Lampard who has have given room to Chelsea’s youngsters like Mason Mount, Tammy Abraham and co, Chelsea have been reluctant on giving their young lads a opputunity in the senior team. From the good old days of Jose Murunhio to the recently departed Maurizzo Sarri, the blues have beens hutting the door to youngsters.
Well, Super Frank is in charge and things seems to have changedHowever, there are some briilaant young players that were sold before his arrival. These players are not quite sparkling in their new clubs but they are showing signs of becoming a worldclass years to come. Today, AllSportGist will be looking at these brillant palyers.
You might might not remember Neil Etheridge, if you only watch the Premier League, since he stayed at relegated Cardiff City despite much transfertalk this summer. Born in Enfield, Etheridge joined the Chelsea academy from the age of 13 to 16, before he was sold to Fulham.
Neil Etheridge never really got a oppurtunty at Fulham, but ever since he moved to Cardiff in 2017, he has enjoyed a remarkable rise.He won promotion with Cardiff in his debut season and despite Cardiff’s relegation, Neil Etheridge was outstanding in the Premier League. He even won Cardiff’s player of the Year Award. If he continues to impress, a bigger club might come knocking soon.
Nathaniel Chalobah was one of the trickiest player in Chelsea academy however things never seem to work right for him.He made 15 first team appearances, all coming in the 2016-17 season as Chelsea won the Premier League title.
Nathaniel was sold to Watford for £5 million the following summer. Few months into his Watford Career, he fractured his knee cap which saw him spent much part of last season in the doctor’s room.
The 24-year-old has returned this season but seems to be struggling for fitness and minutes with Etienne Capoue and Abdoulaye Doucoure starting ahead of him.
However, if Nathiel can find his feet again, he might be able to paint the bright future many Chelsea fans had hoped for him.
Bertrand Traore was tipped by many Blues fan to be the next big thing in Stamford bridge but sadly that never became a reality. Bertrand Traore spent a year officially in the Chelsea academy, and he spent one season in Chelsea’s first team (2015/2016) scoring 4 goals in 16 games.
In 2017 Traore moved to Lyon for a reported £8.8 million plus add-ons. Quick, smart and good on the ball, Traore had a superb debut campaign in France, scoring 18 goals in 43 games. Since then, he been one of the main players for Lyon.
Ola Aina Left Chelsea for Torino this summer.The Nigerian international the club in a had been with the Blues since the age of 10. Following a mixed season on-loan at Hull City as a full-back, Ola Aina had a impressive campaign playing as a wing-back on-loan at Torino, prompting the Serie A team to sign him in the summer.
Aina is still young, he’s playing in a system that suits him and has the day goes he appears to be growing in confidence and skillz all the time. Few years from now, he might be worth over £50 million.
Nathan Ake is arguably the most brillant academy player to have been sold by Chelsea.He is now one of the most sought after centre-backs in the Premier League. Nathan Ake only made 17 appearances in the Chelsea first team, with plenty of competition at centre-back, before he was sold for £20 million to Bournemouth in 2017.
Chelsea now seem to be regretting as Ake is becoming a really commanding, fast and intelligent centre-back at Bournmouth. When Leicester City tried buy him as a replacement for Harry Maguire, Bournemouth slapped a £75 million price tag on his head, the same amount that Liverpool paid Virgil van Dijk. Crazy, right? But Ake is turning out to be superb player.