The academy graduates are finally making the impact that so many have predicted for many years this season. The likes of Tammy Abraham, Mason Mount and Reece James to name but a few.

However, there is a former youth product, who almost broke into the first team a number of years ago, that is making waves in Europe. Jeremie Boga is now at Sassuolo and, with a buy-back clause inserted in the deal that saw him move there for just £3.5m (Goal), it might be worth considering for those in charge at Stamford Bridge.

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Cast your mind back to the first game of the 2017-18 season. Chelsea start the campaign as champions and face Burnley. Manager at the time, Antonio Conte, grants Boga a surprise start after impressing in pre-season. This was it. A Chelsea academy graduate breaking into the first team.

Or not. Boga lasted 14 minutes. A red card to Gary Cahill saw him withdrawn and not to be seen again before moving on loan to Championship side Birmingham City. After scoring just twice in 24 starts for the Championship side, the Frenchman was sold to Serie A side Sassuolo for just £3.5m.

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However, those at Chelsea made a decision at the time that could prove crucial. They inserted a buy-back clause which will allow the club the chance to potentially re-sign Boga in the future.

It is beginning to look like this was a smart move. Boga has already scored four goals this term, which beats his highest season total. This has come in just nine starts for a side sat 14th in the Italian league.

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Boga is a direct winger who uses his turn of pace to beat defenders. Compared to a young Eden Hazard, Boga could no doubt go onto big things. He showed his ability at the weekend, producing a stunning chip to earn his side a 2-2 draw with Juventus.

Chelsea could do a lot worse than bringing Boga back to strengthen the wide positions. The buy-back clause is unlikely to be hefty, and it could save the club the large investment that other wingers may command.

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