'It's mind-blowing': Paul Merson stunned after seeing what's happened with five Chelsea players

Paul Merson merited the constant flow of talented players to have been composed in the Chelsea footballing factory, after seeing five Blues prospects break through into their first-team in recent years.

Writing for Sky Sports, Merson wanted to credit the fine work that the scientists at Cobham have delivered in recent times.

Chelsea’s academy has built a reputation for reproducing exciting individuals season after season.

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However, only in the last two years or so have the fruits of their labour finally come to the forefront.

Shortly after his appointment, Frank Lampard set about changing the club’s policy in regards to the youth system.

He created a pathway from the junior stage to the first team, using several shining academy products as examples.

Mason Mount, Reece James, Tammy Abraham and Fikayo Tomori were all promoted to the seniors on a regular basis by Lampard.

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Merson’s mind blown

However, after an influx of new signings, Tomori, and eventually Abraham, ceased to serve a purpose at Stamford Bridge.

The Blues earned £25m (Sky Sports) and £34m (BBC) respectively for the pair, an indication of how far they’ve come since their development days.

But Mount, James and Callum Hudson-Odoi remain regulars at Chelsea, who have now been joined in Thomas Tuchel’s ranks by Trevoh Chalobah.

“And what are they (Chelsea) doing at their academy?” asked Merson.

“Tammy Abraham has gone.

“They’ve brought through Trevoh Chalobah, who looked established at the highest level on Saturday, they’ve got Reece James, Mason Mount, Callum Hudson-Odoi.

“It’s mind-blowing.”

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For all the Blues’ fine work behind the scenes, they might be slightly concerned by the number of young prodigies that have fled the nest this summer.

Abraham is the latest in a long line of Chelsea pupils to have either been sold or loaned out this term.

Billy Gilmour, Conor Gallagher, Jake Clarke-Salter, Armando Broja, Levi Colwill and Henry Lawrence sealed loan moves.

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Lewis Bate, Tino Livramento, Myles Peart-Harris and Dynel Simeu were all signed permanently by Premier League clubs.

Chelsea might just want to prevent this exodus from escaping any further before they miss out on the next wave of prodigies.

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Nathaniel is a football journalist who graduated from the University of Derby. He has worked at Burton Albion as part of their media team for two years. Nathaniel produces regular articles for the club’s official website and match-day programme. He covered the 2018 U20 Women’s World Cup in Brittany and has reported from grounds ranging from non-league up to the Premier League.