The nail-biting victory that Bayern Munich had over Manchester United On Wednesday evening, the Champions League will have offered Chelsea with yet another night of “what if” scenarios. It’s possible that this is because the Blues are going through an unusual season without playing in Europe, but it’s also possible that it’s because a Cobham product has again stole the show.
Because of Jamal Musiala’s play for the German champions, Chelsea is reminded on a consistent basis of the potential they had in their possession just a few short years ago. The twenty-year-old put in an impressive performance with the ball at his feet and appeared to be in total control while he was in possession of the ball as he helped orchestrate Ԁie Roten’s play on his way to assisting Leroy Sane with a goal.
The next question that naturally arises is: why did Chelsea allow him to leave?
Musiala signed with the west London club as early as 2011, and he advanced through the youth system alongside his close buddy Levi Colwill, as well as players such as Tino Livramento, Lewis Bate, Dion Rankine, and Xavier Simons. Every player on the team, with the exception of Musiala, signed a scholarship agreement during the summer of 2019.
It is generally accepted that Chelsea had the intention of offering the teenage midfielder a scholarship deal that contained professional terms and would go into effect on the day he became 17 years old. However, Musiala and Bright Arrey-Mbi both decided that they wаnted to sign with Bayern’s youth program, hence the offer was never accepted by either of them.
Therefore, it’s not that the Blues were unable to recognize the quality at their disposal; rather, it’s that on that particular occasion, they were unable to convince Musiala to remain with them since he was looking to go back to the country where he was born. Musiala did not even had to wait a year before making his debut for the Bundesliga giants after making the decision to join them when he was a child. This swiftly proved that the youngster had made the right choice. At the age of 17, he set a record for himself by being the club’s youngest player ever to appear in Bundesliga competition.
However, this does not meаn that Chelsea can rest easy on their accomplishments. Even at the age of 20, Colwill wаnted to be certain of his opportunity before committing to his future following an exciting loan spell at Brighton. Pathway was definitely a factor in Musiala’s decision, as it would in later years for players like Bate and Livramento.
It has always been difficult to get a shot at playing for Chelsea, but with the club’s new transfer strategy of acquiring the best players from all over the world, it may be even more challenging to persuade younger players who are contemplating whether or not to sign scholarship deals that they have just as good of a chance as players the club is spending large sums of money on. Lesley Ugochukwu, David Washingtоn, Romeo Lavia, Angelo Gabriel, and Djordje Petrovic are all young players that were acquired by the club over the summer that just passed for a combined cost that was greater than one hundred million pounds, while homegrown prоspect Lewis Hall was let go.
Even though Cobham has an incredible track record of producing young players who go on to have successful careers in professional football, making the decision to continue playing for the club will not be an easy one. Even within their most recent scholarship intake, the west London club have experienced some issues. Frankie Runham was rumored to be interested in playing for a number of different clubs before committing to the Blues.
During a recent interview conducted by the club, the young player, who is just 16 years old, discussed the importance of seeing academy products representing the first team. When asked who he looked up to, he mentioned academy players representing the first team. He stated, “I really like Reece James, especially because he came from the academy and he made it to the first team.” Reece James is a player who has made it to the first team. I am interested in carrying out the same action. When we younger boys watch guys from the academy make it over the road, it serves as a significant source of motivation for us.
The Blues need to strike a balance in order to ensure that Cobham will have the appropriate atmosphere. Because Chelsea is dealing with a number of ιnjury problems at the moment, a significant portion of the talent that is now in the academy is being called upon to assist with facilitating first team training. When there is a stronger connection between the two organizations, there is a larger potential for the generation of talent from the very beginning of both organizations’ existences, as well as a decreased likelihood of the Blues missing out on a star they played a role in developing.