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Emenalo Charges Chelsea Youngsters

Posted: Nov 21, 2015 at 9:35 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)


Chelsea’s technical director believes that, with some hard work, the current crop of Chelsea youngsters have the talent to graduate to the senior team.

The Chelsea’s technical director, in an interview with The Telegraph of UK expressed belief that the current crop of academy players and teenage signings, either in their under-21 team or out on loan, should be the generation that will finally make the leap into the club’s first team.

Emenalo has a loan department working under him, comprising two coaches, a physiotherapist and a fitness coach, exclusively to monitor the progress and health of their players on loan. They send the club psychologist out to speak to the loan players on a regular basis to keep track of their mental well-being. There are currently 33 players registered with Chelsea on loan with clubs like Vitesse Arnhem of Holland, Borussia Mönchengladbach in Germany, FK Sarajevo, Gillingham and Sint-Truidense in Belgium.

According to Emenalo rejects, every player acquired by Chelsea is considered to have a chance of playing for the club one day, although by the same token he accepts that it is unrealistic that all will. “We are not just packing them in and hoping a couple will make it.

“We believe that all of them could make it but we know there are limited spaces and you have to prepare for that,” Emenalo told Telegraph.

He said Chelsea scouts and develop only the elite schoolboy footballers which means most outgrow academy football by the age of 18. In this guise, players like Dominic Solanke, 18; Tammy Abraham, 18; and Ruben Loftus-Cheek, 19, look already to have outgrown under-21s football. Yet the club’s research shows that the most realistic age for a player to break into Chelsea’s first team, given the optimum game time and development, is 22.

“What do you do with Solanke?” asks Emenalo. “Do you leave him here to play another year of under-21s when he is clearly too good for it? Do you have him train with the first team and get minimal minutes? Do you send him to a Championship team and have him deal with balls in the air? With 35-year-olds much stronger than him in a system that does not suit the cerebral type of player we want here? Or do you send him to a place you know he will get minutes and will be educated the right way?” The answer to that question, he already knows.”

Solanke is at Vitesse Arnhem, Chelsea’s partner club in Holland where he has scored four goals this season. Already, Emenalo says, there are good Championship clubs making loan inquiries for Abrahams, who is currently an England Under-19 and a mainstay of Chelsea Under-21s.

Source: telegraph.co.uk