Chelsea’s crop of youngsters coming through now means the future looks very bright for the Blues.
But if Maurizio Sarri is going to stay at Stamford Bridge, he’s going to need players that fit his philosophy.
And links to Sandro Tonali suggest that Sarri is already looking to the future as he begins to lay down some roots in England.
Tonali has been dubbed the ‘next Andrea Pirlo’ – an accolade that is seemingly passed to the next promising Italian deep-lying midfielder.
But the similarities between Pirlo and the 18 year-old are uncanny.
Pirlo came through at Brescia in Serie B, which happens to be where Tonali is plying his trade.
And Tonali is your typical regista, a position that Pirlo brought to the mainstream.
They even have the same floppy, 1990’s style mop of hair.
But it is the prospect of Tonali playing in Sarri’s system that Chelsea fans should be excited about.
Although they already have a world-class regista in the form of Jorginho, the Italy Under-19 star could be even better.
As someone who likes to dictate the tempo of the game with his passing, he makes him perfect for Sarri.
And despite being only 18 years old, he’s a mainstay for Brescia in Serie B, and has scored goals already.
Whilst it may be worthwhile him remaining in Italy for the time being, Chelsea should look to snatch Tonali up with some of Europe’s biggest clubs eyeing a move for him.
It may be a signing for the future, but alongside Mason Mount and Callum Hudson-Odoi, Tonali could become a key component of the Sarri revolution at Chelsea.