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Chelsea transfer policy is neglecting it’s academy graduates

This transfer window has seen Chelsea linked with a host of strikers across Europe. Looking at the sets of strikers the club is linked to, some common traits is exhibited by all the players. The Blues want strikers good in the air and have some good ties with the premier league.

The latest are Olivier Giroud and Edin Dzeko. The former is an experience Premier League striker who has had his playing time reduced and it’s likely to go further down the pecking order if Arsenal finalise a deal for Aubameyang which looks imminent.

For the latter, his stint at Manchester City before moving to Roma gave him a good reputation and his current form is one of the best in Italy at the moment. But the question is why is Chelsea not okay with Alvaro Morata and Michy Batshuayi?

The form of Alvaro Morata have raised questions about his ability to fill the vacuum left by Diego Costa with Batshuayi not trusted by Conte despite always delivering whenever he is called to duty.

The aura at Stamford shows so many things are not going according to Conte’s wish. The talk about this season being the Italian manager last season at the Bridge does not also help matter.

Are the signings likely to join short term fix to help Chelsea still want to salvage something this season or a future plan after Conte? No one buys a 30 year old striker and sees him as the future of the club while still having a £58m Morata and academy graduate Abraham on its payroll.

Chelsea deals have sometimes become bemusing to many of their fans as to why their club is not going for names that brings new styles to the club. The signing of Ross Barkley from Everton for just £15m is a very good one for the club I must admit however, the club should be progressive in their signings. This does not at any point diminish the instant quality Dzeko or Giroud bring to fore.

That Batshuayi is not willing to be trusted says alot about what the transfer policy at the club. When Michael Emenalo was at Chelsea, there was priority for players coming through the rank which has not been seen so far this season.

Andrea Christenseen seems the only new boom for the Blues this season and it’s a bad indication to the huge success the Chelsea academy has had over the years.

Whatever the plan at Chelsea maybe, it has to start involving the youngsters coming through the ranks and giving them the hope that they can turn to someone like John Terry for the club.

The desire for instant success is understood as a factor in all of this but clubs like Manchester United and Arsenal are now having players from their youth system which represents the club identity despite splashing huge cash on world class stars. Chelsea can do better than this and the plan for it has to start now.

Probably get a new sporting director or bring in a manager that can see things in a way that the youth system of the club will be well represented. That’s why they are called the pride of London.

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