For the second year in a row, Chelsea’s youth team have won the Uefa Youth League. They beat PSG 2-1 in an exciting game in Nyon, Switzerland on Monday afternoon. Retaining the title they claimed when they defeated Shakhtar Donetsk in last year’s final.
Below are the highlight’s from Monday’s final:
3 standout players in the Chelsea team that could push on to reach the Blues’ first team are Ola Aina, Jake Clarke-Salter and Kasey Palmer.
Ola Aina is a powerful fullback who is solid defensively, but is also able to get forward in attacking positions down the wing
Jake Clarke-Salter is the only player in Monday’s team who has played for the senior team. Coming off the bench against Aston Villa. He has received high praise from Chelsea captain John Terry who has said : “He is doing great and I hope he goes on to take my position in the first team.”
Kasey Palmer, who scored the winner in Monday’s game is an exciting attacking midfielder. He has been on the bench this season for Chelsea’s defeat to Swansea but did not come on.
Five of Chelsea’s starting 11 on Monday featured in last year’s final, whilst other names like Ruben Loftus Cheek, Dominic Solanke and Izzy Brown are forging on with their first team ambitions. Solanke and Brown, along with England Under 21 Lewis Baker are all out on loan at Chelsea’s Dutch affiliate Vitesse. Whilst Loftus-Cheek is enjoying somewhat of a growing reputation and role in the first team squad at Chelsea with plaudits coming from several pundits in recent weeks.
Chelsea have built up an impressive collection of stars at youth level, yet it is still to be seen if they will succeed in their first team or if they will be continually farmed out on loan across the globe. The Blues currently have over 30 players out on loan.
Chelsea have been severely criticised for their youth and loan player policy, with critics claiming that The Blues simply buy players to keep them from their rivals, then just loan them out again.
However, one thing that can’t be debated is the success of Chelsea’s youth teams. Along with successive Uefa Youth League victories, the young Blues currently hold the FA Youth Cup and will be looking to regain it next week against a strong Manchester City team. (April 22nd, 7:45pm – ITV4)
Will these stars of elite youth football be able to make the transition into first team stars over the coming years?