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England Under-21 manager Stuart Pearce has launched a scathing attack on Chelsea's transfer policy.

The former Manchester City boss has accused the Stamford Bridge side of buying many of the Premier League's leading players before leaving them to rot in their reserves.

Pearce saw Shaun Wright-Phillips leave Eastlands in a £21million deal in the summer of 2005 when he was at the helm in the blue half of Manchester.

But the England international was never able to establish himself under Jose Mourinho, and eventually returned North after just 43 league starts in three years.

Pearce believes emerging players would be better served by continuing their education away from Chelsea, and feels even established stars can fall victim to the strength in depth of the Blues.

He told The Sun: "If a lad rang me and said 'I'm 16, playing at Crewe and Chelsea have come in for me, what do you think I should do?' I would reply 'stay where you are and play some football with the club you are at'.

"I watched Chelsea train last year. I saw Steve Sidwell, Reading's best player from the previous season, and Tal Ben Haim, Bolton's best player from the year before. But neither was in the first team.

"So Chelsea have cherry-picked the best players from elsewhere and stockpiled them. That is not right.

"I've seen too may players move club, then suddenly their careers seem to grind to a halt."

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If theyre good enough, they'll stay and play, just like Lampard, JT, Joe Cole, Ashley Cole, Bridgey.

Some are good enough, some are not. :rolleyes:

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So everyone else has a smaller squad than us? No other club employs 'squad players' ? And how many games has TBH started so far for Man City? And no other club fails to pick its English players?

What a ridiculous rant. Damaging, too, as it implies we are a club young players should steer clear of.

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I watched Chelsea train last year. I saw Steve Sidwell, Reading's best player from the previous season, and Tal Ben Haim, Bolton's best player from the year before. But neither was in the first team.

Both players had their chances, neither was up to it. Simple as that.

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Sid and TBH were both free agents, signed for a good money and a chance to try their luck at one of Europe's best clubs. They both knew the risks involved and both ultimately failed. Instead of warming Chelsea bench they're doing the same for their new clubs. What's the problem? And since when either qualifies as a youngster?

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Also, I would like to add that Spurs are far more notorious for ruining young talent than we are: We have produced Mikel, Diarra, Sinclair, and now Di Santo

while Spurts have foundered the careers of Routledge, Lennon now, and Bostock (im sure) in future. Im sure there are countless more Im forgetting like the pair that came from Forrest a few years ago.

the only difference is our failures are more expensive and spectacular than theirs.

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