Chelsea have promoted two members of their academy to the first-team set-up.
In the early stages of this season, head coach Jose Mourinho admitted that he was looking to build a dynasty at Stamford Bridge.
Quoted by the Daily Mail, the Portuguese coach name checked Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Lewis Baker and Dom Solanke as potential stars of the future, and all three have made professional appearances for the Blues. Baker is now on loan with Championship side Sheffield Wednesday, whereas Solanke and Loftus-Cheek have remained in the youth teams, making sporadic appearances in matchday squads.
Another name well known to those with an eye on the future of Chelsea is Izzy Brown, with the former West Brom striker making it to the substitutes bench on Saturday’s 1-1 draw with Manchester City.
And now, having lost Mohamed Salah and Andre Schurrle during the January transfer window, two of the academy youngsters have been elevated to full-time members of Jose Mourinho’s squad.
As per the official Chelsea website, Loftus-Cheek and Brown have been called up on a permanent basis to the Blues first-team squad, alongside new signing Juan Cuadrado. Brown has also been included in the Blues Champions League squad list as number 37, whilst Loftus-Cheek remains on the ‘B’ list.
Considering it has been many years since John Terry became the last player to break through into the Chelsea squad on a permanent basis, fans are hoping to see a number of the current academy prospects work their way into Mourinho’s plans, and the recent moves to promote them from the academy has been greeted in positive fashion.