Which under-23 talent will have the biggest impact at Chelsea this season?

Kevin De Bruyne

Jose Mourinho looks set to give talented youngsters a chance this season, will De Bruyne, van Ginkel, Lukaku or Schurrle, have the biggest impact?

If you’re a Chelsea fan then you’re probably very excited right now. Jose Mourinho is back and your club has one of the most exciting squads in the Premier League, packed with talent on all fronts.

The quartet of players that it will be fascinating to watch this coming season is Kevin de Bruyne, Marco van Ginkel, Romelu Lukaku and Andre Schurrle.

That doesn’t take into account the exciting and productive players from last season, but the emphasis is going to be on the ‘new’ guys and whether they can make themselves indispensable to the current side.

Everyone is going to get a chance because Mourinho has said in an ideal world Chelsea will have a 60 game season, which means there is going to be a pressing need to rotate all players and keep everyone fresh.

Perhaps the most exciting out of those four players is going to be de Bruyne, a player that Chelsea fought very hard to keep and someone Mourinho seems keen to invest a lot of time in.

He’s looked superb throughout pre-season, linking up the midfield well, pressing forward and scoring goals with regularity.

He almost seems like a young Frank Lampard, which is very good news as far as Chelsea are concerned because it offers them the luxury of only having to roll out the 35-year-old when they really need to.

Van Ginkel is different to de Bruyne because while his impact this summer has been positive, he seems less likely to play regular this season.

That’s nothing against his talent and potential. It’s just a case of Chelsea having a lot of midfielders who are already ahead of him in the pecking order.

His challenge will be to take his chances when they come and giving Mourinho no reason to leave him out of the side.

Romelu Lukaku is under a different sort of pressure to either midfielder because his profile and squad status will be substantially enhanced if Chelsea fail to sign Wayne Rooney from Manchester United.

Lukaku has been very public in his hopes and aims for Chelsea in the coming season and he needs to hit the back of the net early to show Mourinho he can be much more than just someone who is a bit like a Drogba-esque target man.

He’s also under pressure because he played so well during his loan spell with West Brom, which has seen him go back to Chelsea with excitement from the fans and also from himself to become that prolific front man Chelsea have been missing recently.

For Andre Schurrle, he finds himself in a similar situation to van Ginkel. If Chelsea sign Rooney then there is no way he’ll be first choice in the attack.

However, if that move doesn’t materialise then he has a chance to nail down a starting role but Chelsea need him to rapidly improve on the record he produced at Bayer Leverkusen of 18 goals in 65 matches.

I’m going to stick my neck out and say De Bruyne will have the biggest impact out of the four players mentioned and has a great chance of replacing one of Eden Hazard, Juan Mata and Oscar, the trio which controlled Chelsea’s midfield last season.

Who do you think will have the biggest impact from de Bruyne, van Ginkel, Lukaku and Schurrle?

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