5 Youth Players to give Chelsea a headache in 2017
Every club wants to groom their own, but the demand to compete and integrate youth at the same time has proven to be a hurdle many clubs have failed to bridge. Chelsea has stocked up a lot of youth on loan, some you'd feel they've out-grown the loan system and 2017 should be the year which decides their Chelsea careers.
Here I look at those loan players who I feel have outgrown the Chelsea loan system and now need a home of their own or a WhatsApp group with Conte himself, the Eddie Newton's one probably has run its course, me thinking.
Probably not the most talked or hyped youth player, but in my opinion he's one of the most talented and hard-working player. Last season he was outstanding in the eredivise(dutch league) and there was rumors that he was going to be assessed by Conte before suffering that horrific knee injury. He's a modern day full-back ready to charge up and down the pitch with ease, his end product and ability to pick a perfect cross is an asset he vigorously possesses.
He's 23 now and if he does not get a shot this year, he might look to end his stay at the bridge and look to find a permanent home.
The versatile Ake proved his worth last season at Watford and I thought he was going to be given chance to impress, it was decided he needed another loan spell.
He struggled to get a spot in Eddie Howe's side but after a suspension to Adam Smith, Ake has grasped his place and since then he's never looked back. If we don't spend in the summer, the left-wing-back will be much down to him and the Spaniard (Alonso). Like Kane, Ake is at point where it’s essential to know where his Chelsea future lies.
After out-growing the Chelsea youth set-up, Andreas got his two year loan deal at Gladbach and he's developed into one of the best defenders in the league He's an already established central defender and if Chelsea don't give him a chance he'll look to leave. Barcelona and Juventus have been credited with interest but you'd imagine the club won't repeat the KDB dummy
With John Terry and Ivanovic probably leaving at the expiry of their contracts respectively, there is every chance he'll be of huge importance to the blue army come next season.
The Croatian spent last season at Monaco and did well until that back injury He struggled to get into a Milan side early this season and there was some suggestion he was going to cut his loan and return to Chelsea. On the contrary, Pasalic worked hard and he's being rewarded with continued mainstay in a Milan side looking to bounce back to the fulcrum of European football.
The agent has been in the news making all those innuendos to probably stretch Chelsea's hand. If Chelsea doesn’t act quickly, we might lose one of the most promising loan army.
Lastly, its Mr. Traore, a favorite of a certain lawyer and a capped pod guest, if you are a consistent pod listener or twitter fanatic like me, you've probably heard of him. That aside, Traore's loan move to Ajax came as a surprise and at that moment seemed a no brainer He's already scored five (5) goals and provided three assists before his injury.
Conte or Chelsea could give a rationale on why he was sent on loan but you'd argue next season he won't want to hear that.
With Champions League football (likely) back next season, Chelsea will look to further add depth to the squad and that might be good news to the Burkinabe.