José Mourinho and Chelsea’s newfound commitment to youth is a charade
At the press conference preceding Chelsea’s final Champions League group match against Sporting Lisbon, José Mourinho, like a magician drawing back the curtain for the grand reveal, presented to the world his latest unbelievable marvel; a Chelsea academy product.
Since Roman Abramovich bought Chelsea from Ken Bates in 2003, to say that graduates of the Chelsea youth system getting a chance in the first team has been a rare occurrence at Stamford Bridge would be a huge understatement. The Russian has become famed for his itchy trigger-finger when it comes to firing managers, and so manager after manager has preferred to use the considerable transfer budget available to them, rather than taking the risk of trying to bed in a new youth playe...
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