Chelsea haven’t really produced their own academy product since John Terry, if we’re being truly honest. Many young players have joined their youth set-up from all over the globe in the hope of making it at one of the world’s most successful clubs. The likes of Thorgan Hazard, Gael Kakuta, Christian Atsu, Jeffrey Bruma and Oriol Romeu and to some extent, even Romelu Lukaku, have all joined with big expectations but have yet to make the grade for the Chelsea first-team.
One such player that many Chelsea fans had high hopes for when he signed as one of the world’s best teenagers in 2012, was Lucas Piazon. He was 17 then and has been loaned out twice since to Malaga in Spain and Dutch side Vitesse Arnhem. He has also managed three appearances for the Chelsea first-team. Some would say that is Chelsea’s way of saying, he probably won’t make the grade. But that appears to be the story for most of the 26 players the Blues have loaned out this summer. This season, Piazon has been farmed out to the Bundesliga with Eintracht Frankfurt.
However, in an interview with Bild, Piazon showed great maturity and understanding as he claimed he would love to re-join Chelsea’s first-team but knows he needs to be getting games to mature as a player. He said:
“Chelsea have so many very good players so it would be difficult for me to find a place. Here I can play and gain experience. I came from Brazil to Chelsea. Of course, I wish to once again play there, but football is a surprise and everything can change quickly.
I am only 20 and, as I said, anything can happen in football. If everything fits, of course I can imagine staying at Frankfurt.”
Chelsea have a policy now of hoovering up lots of young talent, shipping them out on loan, hoping they make the grade and if not making a tidy profit on their sales having been trained by top coaches in top facilities. It has become somewhat of a business for them. Piazon may never make the grade with Chelsea, but he will have gained much from their youth policy, not least learning to grow up fast.