In Trevoh Chalobah, Reece James and Callum Hudson-Odoi, three of Chelsea’s goal scorers in a 4-0 over the Italian giants in the Champions League were from the Blues academy.
Another in Ruben Loftus-Cheek even set up Callum Hudson-Odoi’s effort with fancy footwork inside the box to cap an extraordinary evening for the European giants, with Timo Werner scoring a fourth goal in stoppage time.
Rio Ferdinand believes that after years of wasting money on the project, Chelsea have finally found a winning formula, that was kick started by previous boss Frank Lampard and continued by current manager Thomas Tuchel.
“For years Chelsea have invested in youth but didn’t have the managers who are as confident as Frank Lampard and Thomas Tuchel now”. Ferdinand said.
“The odd one might have come in but never stayed around. Reece James has been phenomenal. What this does for Cobham is the Under 8s, Under 9s and later academy kids are seeing a pathway”.
‘The first three scorers tonight against Italian giants Juventus, no mugs, are graduates from the Cobham conveyor belt.
“They have persevered and finally they have worked it out. They are in a positive mind set with it their youth system looks so clear for them. They can see a pathway to the first” he added.
Fellow pundit Owen Hargreaves also reflected on how Chelsea have made the use of raising funds for players who cannot get into the first time.
The former United midfielder reflected on how even those unable to make the Blues first team still hold the talent to command a high transfer fee, which can help the west London side make lavish purchases in the transfer market.
“Look at Chelsea’s academy, [Fikayo] Tomori has gone, they spent that money, [Conor] Gallagher, [Tino] Livramento, [Tariq] Lamptey” Hargreaves said.
“If you’re not good enough for Chelsea, they sell you for £80m which funded [Romelu] Lukaku, they’re getting it right on so many levels” he added.