Since Russian billionaire Roman Abramovich’s takeover of Chelsea in 2003, Stamford Bridge has been awash with superstars, but it might be time to change that.
When Abramovich took over, the Russian owner pumped monumental amounts of cash into transforming Chelsea into a European giant, and there is no doubt that the supporters have been successful in recent years.
With huge amounts of cash and pressure to succeed, academy products are often overlooked and European soccer superstars are relied on to help the team. This strategy has been central to Chelsea’s success since 2003, but with the famed Cobham Academy churning out exceptional talent year after year, it is time for the London club to re-evaluate their recruitment policy.
Chelsea re-signed Romelu Lukaku last summer, breaking the club’s record transfer fee, according to Sky Sports. Academy products Tammy Abraham and Armando Broja were pushed aside to make way for the Belgian, who has struggled since he returned to England.
Abraham scored 27 goals in his first season at Roma, and Broja has enjoyed a successful season in the Premier League. If Chelsea had shown faith in the young duo, instead of spending money on Lukaku’s romantic comeback, they could have saved a lot of money.
Tino Livramento is another case of an academy player being sent packing, and the England youth international has emerged as one of the best young players in the league. Livramento won Southampton’s President’s Choice Award after making an incredible impact, making his debut on the first day of the season aged 18.
Chelsea are set to lose a number of defenders in this coming window, as their contracts expire, and they may need to spend heavily to beef up their defence, and a player they let go of a couple of years ago might have been an ideal candidate for improve Thomas Tuchel’s. side.
Fikayo Tomori was recently named in the Soccer Italy Serie A Team of the Season after winning the league in his second season in Italy. The young defender has shown his class and maturity despite his young age, and once again Chelsea may be regretting the English defender’s departure from the club.
Chelsea may have to spend hundreds of millions in the summer to replace its outstanding expenses when it could be using the talent produced by one of the best academies in the country.