Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho can afford not to worry too much about the summer transfer window as he will have a number of talented youth team players at his disposal for next season.
Didier Drogba and Gael Kakuta will be the Blues’ only first-team players out of contract in the summer and with many youngsters coming through and plenty of options, the Portuguese manager could decide to sidestep the transfer window in favour of promoting the club’s talented prospects.
Who could leave Chelsea this summer?
With so many options, it stands to reason that some players will be out of favour with Mourinho this summer and could leave the club on loan or a permanent basis.
Neither Drogba nor Kakuta look likely to be offered fresh terms, while the likes of Tomas Kalas, Wallace, Lucas Piazon, John Swift, Kenneth Omeruo, Christian Atsu and Lewis Baker could all head out on loan once more to further develop their ability.
However, the long-term futures of Mohamed Salah, Marko Martin, Todd Kane, Josh McEachran and Oriol Romeu look in doubt after being sent out on loan this season despite being further down the line in terms of development.
Petr Cech is the only player in the first team squad that looks to be a flight risk as he has already voiced his frustration at being second choice.
Who could be promoted to the first team next summer?
According to the Telegraph, Mourinho has already promised Ruben Loftus-Cheek he will have a spot in the Blues side next season, so he looks to be a certainty for a promotion into the first team squad.
Along with Loftus-Cheek, impressive loanees Patrick Bamford, Nathan Ake, Nathaniel Chalobah and Marco van Ginkel could all be given the chance to impress in the summer and win a shirt in the Chelsea first team as Mourinho could look to expand the squad to strengthen their bid to win all trophies.
Dominic Solanke, although still young, could also be a surprise name in the squad after making his first team debut this season. The 17-year-old, who will turn 18 in September, has shown he has a natural ability to put the ball in the net.
He has shown that he could potentially emulate the likes of Michael Owen, Wayne Rooney and others in the past who rapidly progressed into the first team by showing the same natural ability.
Jamal Blackman could look to be promoted to Chelsea’s second choice keeper if Cech does look to leave Stamford Bridge in search of first team football.
How the squad could look:
Goalkeeper: Thibaut Courtois and Jamal Blackman
Defenders: Branislav Ivanovic, Filipe Luis, Kurt Zouma, Gary Cahill, John Terry, Cesar Azpilicueta, Nathan Ake and Andreas Christensen
Midfielders: Cesc Fabregas, Ramires, Oscar, Eden Hazard, John Obi Mikel, Nemanja Matic, Willian, Juan Cuadrado, Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Marco van Ginkel, Nathaniel Chalobah,
Strikers: Loic Remy, Diego Costa, Dominic Solanke and Patrick Bamford