Chelsea technical director says Tottenham do not deserve so much praise for their youth record

Michael Emenalo has defended the Blues' youth policy and suggested that talk of Spurs setting the trend is overblown.

Chelsea technical director Michael Emenalo has rejected criticism of the club's youth record and has claimed Tottenham Hotspur receive too much praise for bringing through emerging talent, as quoted by the Mirror.

The Blues have not brought through an established player from their own academy since the emergence of John Terry, with a host of players such as Carlton Cole, Robert Huth, Scott Sinclair, and Ryan Bertrand all failing to carve out lengthy careers at the club.

The only graduate in the club's current first-team squad is Ruben Loftus-Cheek, although Watford's Nathan Ake and Reading forward Lucas Piazon are amongst those out on loan this season.

The club have received controversy over the years for their notable policy of farming players out on loan to their associated Dutch side Vitesse Arnhem rather than giving them a chance at Stamford Bridge.

In contrast, Spurs have been praised this season for the amount of young talent in their title-challenging squad, with Harry Kane, Dele Alli, Eric Dier, and Tom Carroll amongst the under-23 contingent in their senior squad.

However, Emenalo has insisted that Spurs have been receiving too much credit for their talented batch of youth talent, pointing out that Premier League top scorer Kane is the only regular player to have come from the White Hart Lane academy.

The Nigerian said, as quoted by the Mirror: "I think there is a co-ordinated effort from everybody [at Chelsea] to want to make this [players graduating into the first-team] happen. Not just because it feels good – it is nice to have this backbone that fans can relate to and support.

"[People ask about it] because that’s what they hear. [but] if you look at Tottenham, the reality is that it is just the one key player that has done it: Harry Kane. Dele Alli, they bought. Tom Carroll is a fringe player. Eric Dier, they bought.

"So with all the hoopla about Tottenham, it’s just the one player. So we try to remind [people] it’s not just a Chelsea problem."

Spurs manager Mauricio Pochettino has developed a reputation as a manager strong at bringing through youth players into the first team first at Southampton and now at Tottenham, with stars such as Luke Shaw, James Ward-Prowse, and Calum Chambers having risen to prominence under his hand at St. Mary's.

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