Time for Barcelona way?

John Terry has signed a 1-year contract extension with Chelsea that’ll keep the most successful captain at the Bridge for at least one more season.

Even though he turns 34, there’s no denying he’s the best centre back at the club. And it certainly won’t be an exaggeration to claim that he is still the best English defender in the world and one of the best in the Premier League.

But given that Terry’s ‘younger’ partner is turning 30 along with some shady outings in the on-going season, it will be interesting to see whether or not the ever impressive Kurt Zouma replaces him in the starting XI come next season. Whether Chelsea will follow the old trend and use the transfer market or promote already present talent remains to be seen.

We have already made the transition from being a club who just threw money at every problem to a club who spends and sells very wisely. The team now has players who have been there for a while, and it is the ideal time to make another transition from a ‘buying club’ to a club that can produce their own talent. Other than a couple of signings, Chelsea should solely concentrate on using the huge pool of talent out on loan.

Didier Drogba at 37 may well be in his swansong season, so we will definitely need a 3rd striker next season. So why spend millions on strikers who’ll be the 3rd choice? We have a ready-made replacement in Patrick Bamford, who he has scored over 17 goals this season including the one against Manchester City to eliminate them from the FA Cup. Given the EPL’s strictness about using home grown players, Bamford is a real win-win for us. The young Englishman has been playing very well and could very well be our own Harry Kane.

In the midfield, Nathaniel Chalobah has been vital for Reading in their FA Cup campaign. Chalobah along with Ruben Loftus-cheek and Nathan Ake could be very handy deputies for Matic in the years to come. Ake and Chalobah are both very versatile and can play in more than one position and are invaluable to any team.

On the other hand, Lewis Baker has been praised for his work ethic at MK Dons. With the likes of Traore, Solanke, Wallace, Omeruo at their disposal, Chelsea has ample talent to choose from. It is time we used them for our team instead of loaning them out and letting other teams reap the benefits.

A lot of clubs have produced talent, but very few have been able to promote youth academy graduates into the first team and achieved success. The best example is Barcelona, the rate at which la masia has produced talent is enviable, but Chelsea’s youth academy isn’t far behind. The starting of the new Chelsea era under Roman and Jose began with immense sending, but let the second coming of Jose begin another new chapter, the chapter where we get more and more youth academy graduates into the first team.

The best way to introduce youth is the Barcelona way, not the Wenger way.

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Edited By: Vikram Vadiganeni

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