Tony Cascarino says Chelsea isn’t a good place for youngsters to be moving forward
Tony Cascarino has made the claim that Chelsea won’t give youngsters a chance in years to come like they did last season.
The Blues had an entire wave of academy players integrated to the first-team during the last campaign, with many people pinning that down to the fact that manager Frank Lampard had to contend with a transfer ban.
Chelsea have certainly been busy with new signings ahead of the 2020/21 season, with Hakim Ziyech, Timo Werner, Thiago Silva, Malang Sarr, Ben Chiwell and Kai Havertz all signed.
Ex-Chelsea player and now pundit Cascarino believes that the spending power the Blues have will mean that young players will get less of a chance at Stamford Bridge moving forward.
“I think it was a good place last year [for young players], but I don’t think it will be a good place for years to come,” Cascarino told talkSPORT.
“Even with the exciting youth teams they’ve had very few have broke through, last year they did, now I think less will play this season and down the line Chelsea are going to keep spending.”
It’s certainly true that Chelsea are going to have more competition for places going into the new season and that’s the way it should be in the squad with top-class options.
But writing off the path of Chelsea youngsters to the first-team seems harsh, as manager Lampard surely won’t just shut the door on them.
Mason Mount and Reece James are two academy graduates that are clearly in the senior Chelsea squad to stay after breakout seasons, while the likes of Tammy Abraham and Callum Hudson-Odoi aren’t going to be forgotten about.
It’s important for fans to see young stars still given a chance moving forward and faith should be put in Lampard to still pick out gems like Billy Gilmour if he thinks they are good enough.