The Hazard of Being a Promising Youngster!
An inherent problem with having a large youth set-up is the integration of those same youngsters into the first team set up.
The last current first team player to make that step up is John Terry. Many others have been tipped to make the huge leap into the starting eleven of a side that is expected to regularly challenge for major honours.
Although many of us would like to see several of the current crop of youngsters make that leap, our status doesn`t allow a period of grace for young players to be integrated.
Looking back a couple of seasons, Josh McEachran was tipped to go onto great things, but it just hasn`t happened. Now everybody is hoping that Nathaniel Chalobah can make the step up, but whether he can slip into a side that is crammed with full internationals remains to be seen.
Today news has broken that one of our former youngsters, a young player who managed (whilst at Chelsea) to represent England at every level apart from senior, is set to return to England.
Great things were predicted for Michael Mancienne, but as I`ve said previously in this article, Mancienne couldn`t quite make that step up, he couldn`t quite establish himself as the next John Terry.
Mancienne was, eventually, sold to Hamburg but is now set to return to English football with a £1.5 million move to Nottingham Forest on the cards, now whether Mancienne will ever go on to fulfill that enormous potential that saw him tipped as the next great Chelsea youth produce remains to be seen!