Watching Chelsea muscle out only their 3rd win in 10 Premier League games on Saturday, I am left speechless as to why Carlo Ancelotti won’t play the younger players in league games???
When Jeffery Bruma was installed as centre-back against Aston Villa ahead of Paulo Ferreria, many Chelsea fans, myself included, started to believe that the host of untested youngsters coming through the ranks may get their chance. But no, none of these players have started since then – the FA Cup game aside.
I cannot see the logic behind playing players who are under performing week after week on top of players who are in large untested who could as well be brilliant in a currently lacklustre side.
Had every midfielder played the same amount of minutes as 17 year old Josh McEachran, he would have been the midfield player of the season so far by a least one country mile.
Jeffery Bruma managed a good overall performance in the thriller with Villa, and although he probably could have done better when Emile Heskey headed home while jumping above the 19 year old Dutchman his overall effort couldn’t be questioned. Bruma has recently signed a new four year deal at the Bridge, and unbelievably, he made his debut for the full Netherlands team at 18 years of age.
Daniel Sturridge has been racking up the 15 minute substitute cameos and been solid throughout, while Dutch left fullback Patrick van Aanholt impressed in Cup games against Newcastle and Ipswich. Van Aanholt is very much in the mould of Ashley Cole, with quick, strong runs down the left flank petrifying opposition players.
One let down has been French winger Gael Kakuta, who was a standout for the Under-19 World Cup winning side France. He was substituted in the away tie at Aston Villa at half time, and hasn’t really featured since.
It is frustrating for the fans, and no doubt the players in question themselves, that freshness is not added to a stale Chelsea first 11. Some new signings in January are desperately needed, and McEachran needs to start in place of Ramires in Chelsea’s next game (although I would favour a fit Mikel over both). And I never want to see Ferreria over Bruma again in centre-back.
Anelka has seemed very flat and we have seen absolutely no pace from him at all, so I also believe that Sturridge should be given at least a couple of starts in upcoming games.
Over the years, Chelsea have made the mistake of not playing their younger players, and then losing a load of potential because these players feel they will improve elsewhere by playing – and rightfully so. Players like Miroslav Stoch and Franco di Santo have all left because they didn’t have the chance to improve at Chelsea. And we can’t let this happen to players like McEachran, Bruma and van Aanholt.
I would also very positive on Chelsea picking up Lukaku or Neymar, or perhaps even both. The three front men need some real pressure at the moment to perform, and it could revitalise the attacking line up while at the same time stepping further into the future.
So please Ancelotti, play some new, young players!
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