So once again it seems that Chelsea youth policy has gone out of the window. Not only did we lose Scott Sinclair, whose hatrick just yesterday fired Swansea into the top flight. We loaned out Daniel Sturridge to Bolton last season and it now seems that defender Michael Mancienne is on his way to Hamburg in a £1.75M deal; and in fact as I write this, that has now been confirmed.
I don’t get it. These three are players with a lot of promise in particular Sturridge whose move to Stamford Bridge from Manchester City was viewed by some as an odd choice, but I welcomed it. He is a player who is not afraid to have a go at taking someone on, much like Shaun Wright-Phillips. Oh yes, look what happened to him… I am getting very tired of not investing any time in our younger players and allowing them to get plenty chances in the first team as STARTING players. How on Earth are they supposed to progress in the game if they are continually shipped out to lower division clubs. Yes fair enough for a little while, but not all the time. How many times last season were we short of a central defender while Terry and Alex were injured. We could have had Mancienne in a natural position rather than a full back in the wrong position.
So once again we sell the youngster instead of hanging on to him and developing his game and moulding a NEW John Terry. I would be very disappointed to see the same thing happen to Daniel Sturridge and also Josh McEachran, but I’ll guarantee hes the next one to get loaned out to a Championship club. Yes hes had a few starts, but didn’t they all at the beginning of their careers? For now though it seems that its all down to who’s got the most money and can get the biggest name. The Premier League has become a spitting contest when it comes to transfer policy and although I recognise that you do have to buy some players, I think in order for a club to become truly great, you have to mix that with a blend of youth and experience to shape a team for the coming years. Alex Ferguson has done it previously and Barcelona have just reaped the fruits of this way of thinking by destroying a strong Manchester Utd side. So many of that Barcelona team have come through the ranks, including the manager.
So Chelsea? its time to sort it out this summer. By all means buy a couple of stars, but don’t forget the kids, they are the club’s future. Money doesn’t last forever and soon all the current names will be forgotten. Who is going to replace them?