Chelsea Football club has arguably the best academy in England. They produce so many talented young players every year and even though we don't normally see a lot of them succeed at the club by breaking into the first team, the last two or three years have been different.
Ever since Uefa put a transfer ban on Chelsea and they couldn't sign players two years ago, the club have been forced to look into their academy to improve the first team and with the emergence of guys like Mason Mount, Tammy Abraham, Hudson Odoi, Reece James, Billy Gilmour, Tino Anjorin, Broja Armando, Chelsea now see that transfer ban which has since been lifted as a blessing in disguise.
Now more than ever, Chelsea academy boys know that they have a very good chance of making it in the first team. Mason Mount just won the club's player of year award to prove that.
But what is very surprising is that some of these highly rated academy boys are refusing to renew their contracts and are leaving the club to join the first team of established clubs in the Premier league and in Europe.
In just this window, Dynel Simeu is leaving Chelsea to join Southampton. Lewis bate is joining Leeds for £1.5m. Livramento is also being reported to be leaving the club along with Ike Ugbo and also Myles Peart-Harris.
All these guys are very talented and considered to be the future of Chelsea. Livramento just won the best academy player last season and so many Chelsea fans were hoping to see him in the first team this season.
But Why Are They Leaving ?
One would think that with the recent development at the club over the last two three years, these guys would consider themselves very likely to be a member of the first team in just a few years but surprisingly, they are not thinking like that.
They are leaving to get first team football at the biggest level of football. Surely they have the talent but what are the chances that they will succeed and become the player they are meant to be? We shall find out soon enough.
Three Reasons Why I Think They Are Refusing To Sign New Deals & Are Leaving The Club
1. They Believe They Are Ready, Hence The Impatience
In world football today, seeing the likes of Pedri, Ansuc Fati, Billy Gilmour, Jamal Musiala, etc, all very very young players playing fantastically and impressing at the very top level of football, these young Chelsea boys think why can't they also do the same?
They know they've got the talent, some of them are even more talented than the guys I mentioned above, therefore, why sit on the sidelines at Chelsea when they can go out and be the next young super star?
2. They Don't Trust Chelsea To Trust Them
Let's not deceive ourselves, Chelsea is not a club that will trust young stars to lead them to success. Even though the last two seasons have proven that those boys can do it, Chelsea would have never considered them if they were not banned from bringing in established players.
How many of you really believe that Mason Mount, Hudson Odoi, Reece James, and the other academy guys would be at the club without the ban? The chances are very slim.
3. Other Clubs Think They Are Ready
Even if Chelsea don't think they are ready to become first team players, other clubs think they are.
Look at what Connor Gallagher did last season at Westbrom. He was arguably their best player despite being the youngest first team player.Also, Tariq Lamptey who went to Brighton was sensational for them last season despite only playing just once or twice for Chelsea before refusing to sign and leaving.
This is what these clubs are looking at. They know Chelsea's Academy produces A-list players who can make their teams better.
So considering these three things, who can blame these guys for wanting to leave? It might or might hit be the best decision for them but they will never find out if they don't do it.
Sometimes you have to leave your comfort zone and challenge yourself even when many don't think it is good for you. This might just be the best thing for the careers of these guys, or not.
Fingers crossed. Let's just wish them all the best as they leave. Hopefully they succeed and come back to fulfill their childhood dreams of representing the best club in London.
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