Real Madrid youngster Jese Rodriguez has slammed former manager Jose Mourinho for not giving him a chance at the Spanish club.
The youngster has said Mourinho never gave him a chance to shine at the Spanish giants, which will not be good news for several younger players currently forming the fringes of the Chelsea squad.
There is a big question over whether Mourinho will fulfil on his promise to reward younger players for hard work and good form during his second spell in charge as Chelsea boss.
“Maybe last year club thought that they don't need to have more youth players and Mourinho thought he needed to sign players from outside the club. I think maybe I deserved more opportunities,” Rodriguez told AS.
There are several key young players for Chelsea; Courtois, Ake, Lukaku, Marin, Hutchinson and several more, who will all be hoping to make it into the side not just this coming season but permanently over the next couple of years.
It’s difficult to reflect and criticise the way Mourinho went about his first spell in charge of the Blues because they, and he, were in a completely different situation.
Mourinho’s first spell saw him rarely give chances to younger players because it was the start of the Roman Abramovich era and the Portuguese coach was under pressure to put silverware into the trophy cabinet.
That caused Mourinho to buy in several players from the outside, most notably from Porto, which simply kept decreasing the chances of younger players when it came to getting a first team chance.
In a sense, he’s in a very similar situation because Chelsea and the club’s fans have already started expecting a strong title challenge next season, which means Mourinho will have to sign heavyweights in one or two areas.
However, if he’s in for the long haul this time round, in reflection against his desire and need for success in his first spell, there has to be a greater emphasis on younger players.
It’s vital because it’s how he’ll create one great Chelsea team to the next and it’s certainly something he should have learned from his friendship and working relationship with former Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson.
Mourinho does know how to use younger players, when to give them game time and when to withdraw and rest them.
Raphael Varane is the best contemporary example and a young player who owes his development and current international status to Mourinho, who introduced him to the Real Madrid first team at a younger age.
Young guys will get a chance next season because Mourinho has to be able to show he can build great Chelsea teams but that doesn’t mean he should ignore the chance to sign some superstars for more guaranteed chances of success.
What do you think? Will younger players get a chance under Mourinho?