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Chelsea Nurtures Great Players But Lets Many Slip Away

Londoners have one of the best academies in England, which frequently produces talented footballers from Cobham. The most recent examples are Reece James, Mason Mount, and Tammy Abraham, who saved the team during the transfer ban in the 2019/20 season and helped them win the Champions League the following year. Of this trio, only James remains at the club, but he and his former teammates have faced misfortunes recently.

Who else played in Chelsea's academy but found success at other clubs?

There are two theories as to why Jamal Musiala left the club. One is that his potential was not recognized, and the other is that the player himself preferred Bayern's project.

Declan Rice left the Blues due to weak physical attributes. He was short and significantly behind his peers in development.

Michael Olise, now shining at Crystal Palace, parted ways with the club by mutual consent and later played for the academies of ManCity and Reading.

Fikayo Tomori, Marc Guehi, and Nathan Aké have similar fates. All three left Chelsea searching for regular playing time after being loaned out multiple times.

Dominic Solanke and Eddie Nketiah did not wait for their chance as the Blues decided to bet on Abraham.

Tino Livramento and Tariq Lamptey could not compete with Reece James and left due to a lack of playing opportunities.

Published by Patrick Jane