Reports are emerging which are stating that Chelsea will refuse to allow Mason Mount and Fikayo Tomori to play for Derby against the Blues in the EFL Cup.
Both players are on loan from Chelsea. Their parent club had to choose whether to allow them to play against the Blues.
These reports are further proof of how little the club care about the development of their young players.
The purpose of loans is to give the player going out on loan the best chance of developing. Allowing Mount and Tomori the opportunity to test themselves against one of the best teams in the world would be a valuable experience.
Clearly, the club have no plans to eventually draft Mount or Tomori into the first team in a few years. If they did, they would have allowed them to play.
Finally, it makes no sense why Chelsea do not have any interest in blooding these players as future first team members.
If they are so concerned that their presence in the Derby team will lead them to be knocked out of the Cup, then Chelsea must think that they are very dangerous and capable players who have the talent to one day be first team players.
Chelsea are doing on the pitch this season. But their long term strategy remains hopelessly short term and cynical.