Chelsea fans here are looking for a change of heart, due to the lack of exposure that the youth-team players are receiving in the first-team squad. As the festive period approaches, the Blues have been in inspired form with a 6 game unbeaten streak in all competitions igniting a Chelsea surge.
Although there may be thousands of Antonio Conte admirers here in the Tavern, he hasn’t provided the fondest of memories for the progressing youth players, other than Andreas Christensen, due to a lack of opportunity being given in the first-team.
With the endless supply of funds provided by the wealthy Roman Abramovich, the transfer windows have been the main source of an opportunity drought, due to consistent signings spelling no need for youthful inclusion.
However, Conte has seen fit to include a couple of youngsters in different competitions of a lesser importance, and due to their recent qualification to the knockout stages of the Champions League, youth may be offered a chance in a fixture that only offers an incentive in deciding their first-seed fate.
Up next in Europe is an Atletico Madrid side who seem to have dropped off the face of the earth in the competition this year, after making it to the semi-final last time out. Still with a win potentially taking the Spanish giants through if results go their way, they’ll be sure to put out a strong side.
So, here’s a look at 2 young stars that Antonio Conte should think about including in his team to face Atletico Madrid tonight.
Tipped by many fans here to be the future star of this Chelsea side.
A tricky winger who can operate on either flank, offering an array of different tricks and skills that have been known to send many defenders into a daze, while displaying his keen eye for goal and incredibly quick feet.
Potentially another Eden Hazard being thrown into proceedings.
After his lack of game-time towards the start of the season, Charly Musonda hit-out at Conte for his lack of willingness to include himself in the first-team squad, but ever since this occurrence, he’s become heavily involved in all the EFL Cup fixtures.
So, with the game being of lesser importance, it looks as if Conte will see fit to include him in his starting line-up once again.
The 21-year-old has become a hopeful youth products in the clubs recent history.
Offering a deceiving amount of brute strength, combined with electrifying pace and a natural strikers’ instinct, he’s established himself as a dangerous weapon in the cup competition this season.
With the 2 EFL Cup games being his only first-team appearances so far this season, he’ll be hoping to add European experience to that list as a possible replacement for Belgian Eden Hazard, due to rest being required in what is a busy festive period.
However, due to the lack of exposure to the youth-system from within the first-team ranks, it’s left limited opportunity for the striker to break into the team with Summer signing Alvaro Morata becoming a guaranteed feature at the pinnacle of the attack.