View: Why do Chelsea keep selling promising defenders?
Chelsea in recent years have made a habit of selling promising defenders, but why don’t the club start to keep hold of their young talents?
The club have lost talents like Fikayo Tomori, Marc Guehi, Tariq Lamptey, Tino Livramento and are set to lose Levi Colwill if they buy a new defender ahead of him.
Colwill could be the latest addition to the list of Chelsea youth players that were not given a fair chance at the club, with Jules Kounde rumoured to be close to signing for the club. [Football London]
It has been reported that Colwill does not want to leave the London club, but if they buy a new defender ahead of him he would feel like he has no choice but to leave the club.
And with the club looking to add either Jules Kounde or Presnel Kimpembe to the Kalidou Koulibaly who has already joined the club, it ls likely that they will lose the promising teenager.
Why do Chelsea keep doing this?
This transfer strategy is proving to be one that is leaving both Chelsea fans and rival fans scratching their heads, with the amount of talent in the famed youth academy.
Time and time again, a promising defender leaves Chelsea, and makes a name for himself away from the club raising the idea of what would they have achieved if the club had just given them a chance.
Fikayo Tomori is the main example of this failure, as the 24-year-old centre-back, who is of Nigerian-descent, joined AC Milan for a fee of £25million in the summer of 2021, after coming through the Chelsea youth academy.
However, after graduating from Cobham, he had two successful loan spells at Hull City and Derby County and made 27 first-team appearances for the Blues.
He was surprisingly shipped out to Italy and within a year became a Serie A winner and earned international caps for England, such were the impressive nature of his performances last season.
Could he not have replicated this form in London, and saved the club spending £50m on a centre-back when they had a ready and capable defender already within their ranks.
It looks like the club have not learned their lesson and will make the same mistake with Colwill if they continue with plans to sign another defender ahead of him.
So players with the quality of Tomori, Guehi, Livramento, and Lamptey will continue to depart from the club and the club will continue to lose millions in transfer fees.
Only time will tell if the club do eventually change their stance on young players, however, until then, they will continue to miss out on promising talents who go and seek pastures new away from Stamford Bridge.
In other Chelsea news, Tino Anjorin has joined Huddersfield on a season-long loan.