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  1. Chelsea Reserve & Youth Team

    It varies, but the answer is 'not much' after their GCSEs (which are required by law of course, and Chelsea have had mostly good results from their relationship with the school they work with, the lads are educated on-site at the training ground). Some lads who are academically-minded do pursue a near-full A Level load (Richard Nartey and Ruben Sammut have done this, for example), others might dabble in extended education but they mostly sign their pro deal on their 17th birthday during what would be their Year 12 season and don't go a lot further.
  2. Chelsea Reserve & Youth Team

    There's no doubt it's a more competitive environment to sign players now, the education thing isn't linked to that though, it's a mixture of whether the club feels the player is good enough to warrant that investment from Year 9 upwards, and whether the player and his family would rather stay in their current school because it suits their work-life balance better. Going into the full-time programme often means moving out of home and into digs earlier than usual, so that's a big upheaval for a 14 or 15-year old kid, and it doesn't suit everyone. It just means that if you come into your scholarship 'cold' as it were, you're learning more on the fly than you would be if you'd have spent a year or more getting ready for it on a (near)full-time basis. One other thing, fewer players aren't coming through the integrated education programme, there are loads this year and a good number in the next two years, it was just this particular group that didn't have as many.
  3. Chelsea Reserve & Youth Team

    I appreciate that isn't actually brief, but then it's hard to be. I suspect I'll write more in-depth in my season reviews anyway.
  4. Chelsea Reserve & Youth Team

    I'll try to be brief; this year's group of first-year scholars aren't as good as those that have preceded them, nor are they as good as the ones to come. It happens, it doesn't mean they're bad players, but when a perfect storm of events happens that challenges them more than your average year, you end up with a little drop in performance. The most tangible difference for them is that only two among them were in the club's full-time education programme before becoming scholars, so the rest were on day-release and had less exposure to the day-to-day environment by comparison to those that went before them. One of those two was Tino Anjorin, who was too good for that level, so moved up to the U23s full-time before getting injured. Ian Maatsen did the same, so you've taken away the two best players in the squad, while you could also have had Hudson-Odoi and Ampadu if you wanted, plus Jon Panzo left. That's a core few teams can afford to lose, and when you consider that the previous years of dominance have come with a strong balance of second years, first years, and the odd talented schoolboy, you're now fighting without that experience and depth of talent. There was also a change of coach, which brings about new learning all-round, and even Myers himself missed a chunk of touchline time mid-season after rupturing his achilles. You're also fighting against REALLY good Arsenal and Tottenham teams in the league - teams with that depth and breadth of experience across three age ranges - and they ran into Man Utd in the FA Youth Cup. They were their own worst enemies in that match but United are a very capable side and the lad that scored the hat-trick to knock them out played against PSG in the Champions League a couple of months later. So there are some mitigating circumstances for the Under-18s, but no excuses, because that's the way this stuff goes. There's no entitlement to success, there will be down years, and it makes the success they have experienced all the more incredible when you apply that sort of context. I don't necessarily think youth success is a great predictor of senior success on an individual level but, when the games programme at this age group is heavily centred around 'Learning to Win', I do think there's inherent value in the mentality it teaches you and requires to meet every challenge along the way. There are lessons to be had in winning and losing but it's ultimately down to how each player handles those experiences in their journey, and while we can learn from what's gone before us, desire is the one true wildcard that you can't legislate for.
  5. Squad Status: 2018/2019 Season

    This is where you're falling down in your entire argument; the club doesn't have to listen to the 'manager' because Conte isn't the 'manager'. He is the First Team Head Coach. It is a role that does not have explicit input in transfer activity, and it's something he will have been aware of when agreeing to come to the club. He can ask for what he likes, but he can have no tangible complaints if he doesn't get them because it's not the way Chelsea are structured, it's not the way most clubs in the world are structured, and the sooner English football realises this and stops obsessing over the cult of the manager the better. If he doesn't like the way things have gone he can leave. He's the highest paid person in his position in the league (after signing a contract for more money but no extra tenure, to give you an idea of his commitment to the club), money he's paid to coach, so he should get on with that.
  6. Chelsea Reserve & Youth Team

    Yeah, but whenever you bring that Ampadu discussion up, people fight back with "yeah but Conte sees them in training and Ampadu's played well, so he must be right", forgetting that academy politics are very much a thing (extremely so in Chalobah's contract-afflicted situation), and that it's impossible for any of those to be better or at the very least as deserving of a chance.
  7. Transfer Talk Topic

    Sincerely hope it isn't true.
  8. Chelsea Reserve & Youth Team

    http://www.mirror.co.uk/sport/football/news/dermot-drummy-dead-former-chelsea-11599147?A https://www.thesun.co.uk/sport/football/5014572/chelsea-latest-news-dermot-drummy-dead/ All using his son's announcement as the source.
  9. Chelsea Reserve & Youth Team

    Absolutely stunned. The most awful news, cannot begin to comprehend it.
  10. Transfer Talk Topic

    Sure, but "Champions league winning team right there....!!" it ain't.
  11. Transfer Talk Topic

    Be lucky to make it out of the group. Also, a suicidally-attacking team that would get utterly destroyed by any half decent opponent.
  12. Transfer Talk Topic

    Remy has officially left now, people can stop talking about him as an option.
  13. Transfer Talk Topic

    You don't know they're happy, same as you don't know whether Chelsea's are happy, you can only ever take them at face value and appreciate that not only are their second XIs much stronger, they're also actually used with far greater regularity than Conte will use his backup options. You've tried to reiterate that it's an impossible task to sign top class players to warm the bench but nobody's tried to dispute that; it's about having quality, functional players to serve that purpose. Chelsea's second XI features two players who've never made a PL start and two more in Kenedy and Christensen who've made less than five combined. Juventus and Barcelona have 11 internationals, Real Madrid have 8 with three U21s who will be seniors before long, and Bayern have 9 plus the veteran backup Ulreich who rarely plays because Neuer is the best in the world. That is the standard. Chelsea are a long way off of that. Why should we just shrug and say 'oh well' when it's their very aim to try to compete with these teams?
  14. Transfer Talk Topic

    Except that the very best clubs in Europe are able to retain a full squad of top class players, players certainly better than Chelsea's questionable depth. Chelsea: Caballero, Rudiger, Christensen, Clarke-Salter, Kenedy, Zappacosta, Drinkwater, Fabregas, Willian, Musonda, Batshuayi Real Madrid: Casilla, Varane, Vallejo, Nacho, Hernandez, Kovacic, Ceballos, Vazquez, Bale, Mayoral, Benzema Barcelona: Cillessen, Semedo, Umtiti, Vermaelen, Digne, Rafinha, Gomes, Paulinho, Arda, Deulofeu, Alcacer Juventus: Szczesny, Benatia, Howedes, Rugani, De Sciglio, Asamoah, Matuidi, Sturaro, Cuadrado, Bernardeschi, Mandzukic Bayern: Ulreich, Rafinha, Sule, Martinez, Bernat, Tolisso, Rudy, James, Coman, Ribery, ? (CF2 at Bayern is the only notable position missing in any of these comparisons) Chelsea's second XI bears no comparison to anyone else there really and, once again, it's going to show in Europe. There's nothing spoilt or reactionary about wanting your club to be the best in the world, especially when it harbours the same ambitions, and there's nothing wrong with demanding more from them.