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A few Chelsea players mentioned, which is good to see:

Josh McEachran 15

Chelsea - Midfielder

A skilful left-footed midfielder whom Chelsea have retained despite persistent interest from Manchester United. He can play on the left or right and has already impressed Luiz Felipe Scolari at Stamford Bridge as he furthers his development in the youth sides. Has been captain of the England Under-16s.

Jacob Mellis 17

Chelsea - Midfielder

The England Under-19 international signed from Sheffield United in the summer of 2007 and has since been employed everywhere from attacking midfield - scoring twice against Liverpool reserves recently - to full-back and centre-half within the Chelsea academy set-up.

Michael Woods 18

Chelsea - Midfielder

Plucked from Leeds United's academy, much to the Yorkshire club's frustration, the England Under-18 international made his first-team debut at Chelsea in January 2007 at 16 years 275 days. Scolari called the defensive midfielder up for last night's Carling Cup tie against Burnley at Stamford Bridge.

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Not yet, give them a chance man, they're all very young :o

Unfortunately it's not me that has to give them a chance.

Since the arrival of Roman none of our managers has been inclined to give young, home-grown players a chance. Even against weaker opposition in relatively minor competitions such as the Carling Cup. I don't forsee that changing any time soon. More's the pity IMO.

Hypothetical I know, but I think I can safely bet that if JT were coming through our youth ranks now he wouldn't get the chance to become the player he has and build the career he has had. By all means call me a pessimist, but I don't think any of our current youth team prospects will fulfill their potential under the current setup.

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