Chelsea have plenty of youngsters on their books but here are three who deserve a chance next year.
Chelsea use the loan system more than most Premier League clubs, but they also have a number of young players plying their trade for the Blues’ Academy and under-21 side. Some have plenty of work to do to even get close to the first-team but others could be causing Jose Mourinho to think long and hard about his options in the months ahead.
With 2015 fast approaching, we take a look at three young Chelsea players who should be given a chance either in the second half of this season or at the beginning of the following campaign.
Isaiah Brown is a 17-year-old left-winger who can also play on the opposite flank or up front if required.
The teenager was previously at West Bromwich Albion and it was a huge coup when Chelsea brought him to Stamford Bridge. With two goals and three assists in four UEFA Youth League appearances this season and some fine performances in the under-21 league the player is living up to the hype.
Lewis Baker is a 19-year-old central midfielder who can also play on either wing. During his time with Chelsea’s under-21s he has scored 18 goals and provided 16 assists in 46 matches and he has already been rewarded with a first appearance for the senior side.
That came in last season’s FA Cup, when he appeared as a late substitute against Derby County. But he has the talent to be given a longer run-out next year.
Ruben Loftus-Cheek is an 18-year-old central midfielder who has an eye for an assist. He has set up two goals in the UEFA Youth League this season and another one in the under-21 Premier League. But he can also find the net himself, as his five goals in nine England under-19 appearances prove.
A player who can eat up yards on the pitch and set attacks in motion with devastating effect, Loftus-Cheek could well taste first-team action for Chelsea in 2015 despite his tender age.