'It just shows': Callum Wilson suggests Chelsea sold two 'world-class' players last year

Callum Wilson handed four players who have risen from the Chelsea academy the ultimate compliment.

Speaking on the Footballer’s Football Podcast, the Newcastle United striker named Tammy Abraham, Reece James, Mason Mount and Fikayo Tomori as ‘world-class’.

This title is not to be used lightly, however, when speaking about the quartet of current and former Blues, it feels extremely appropriate.

Brilliat set of Blues

James has transformed into arguably the Premier League’s best right-back, having been out on loan at Wigan Athletic as soon as 2019.

Mount finished 19th in the recent Ballon d’Or awards, some transition from playing his football in Vitesse Arnhem four years ago.

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Abraham is presently the highest scoring Englishman across Europe’s top five leagues as Roma’s number nine; he only made his Champions League debut during Frank Lampard’s first season in charge of Chelsea.

Tomori was virtually handpicked by Paolo Maldini to join AC Milan last January; not so long ago, the defender was fighting for a place in Brighton & Hove Albion’s Championship side.

All four are now household names thanks to one common theme: they were given a chance at Stamford Bridge.

Creating a pathway to becoming the best

Seeing the four Englishman flourish will surely provide others within the Cobham ranks real optimism about their chances of reaching the very top.

There are other conditions as well to help young professionals from breaking through that initial barrier, as Wilson rightly pointed out.

“Now with the covid outbreak and things like that and internationals that are going on at the moment, it’s going to give young players an opportunity,” said the 29-year-old.

“That’s how you see the next generation of talent emerge.

“We’ve seen that at Chelsea when Lampard was taking over and they were under a transfer embargo.

“Basically, the likes of Reece James, Tammy Abraham, Tomori, Mason Mount, all these players got an unbelievable opportunity to play for a big club and we’ve seen the best out of them and now they are world-class players.

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“So, it just shows, give them an opportunity, if you are good enough, you’re old enough, there’s no set age of when you should be playing in the first-team.”

Tomori and Abraham might have parted ways with their boyhood team, but the pair’s legacy will always live on.

A heritage continued by Mount, James and Callum Hudson-Odoi, plus the latest wave of Chelsea scholars, including Harvey Vale and Lewis Hall.

The Blues know what to do.

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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.