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Chelsea season preview: Mata, Hazard and Mourinho is as good as it gets

Analysing the Transfer Gossip – 20th July Part One: Mata, Suarez, Agger and more

Is it better to buy players from Spain or France?

Why Chelsea’s Marco van Ginkel is the next Frank Lampard

Look out Europe, Chelsea are building their best ever team

Analysing the Transfer Gossip – 21st June: Mata, Isco, Skrtel and more

Chelsea would be crazy to sell Mata but he’d be perfect for Barcelona

Analysing the Transfer Gossip – 19th June: Thiago Alcanatara, Juan Mata, Cavani and more

Is Jose Mourinho the right man to turn Chelsea’s young stars into superstars?

To all intents and purposes Jose Mourinho’s return to Chelsea has been secured, and there are already questions being asked about the futures of David Luiz, Branislav Ivanovic and Fernando Torres. What’s not being asked so much is what effect the appointment of Mourinho will have on Chelsea’s recent policy of stocking up on young talent. At Chelsea, Inter Milan and Real Madrid, Mourinho has been much more comfortable working with experienced players, using their already high levels of talent to make and shape his teams. He doesn’t have a record of promoting young players from the youth departments of these clubs at all. He doesn’t have a good record of loaning players and then playing them when they have been improved. He has pretty much built his success on signing ready-made players.

The reason that this could sit incongruously with Chelsea’s recent transfer policy is that he will be overseeing a young first-team squad that has a fully stocked and successful youth squad and an assortment of potentially world-class players out on loan around the world. They have building towards the next couple of seasons for the last three years or so, they have a plan. Despite the circus of managerial changes at first-team level, behind the scenes the player recruitment and development policy has been exemplary. They have been preparing for this season and even more so 2014/15 when the likes of Lukaku, Chalobah, McEachran, Courtois and De Bruyne will be nicely polished up ready for action. Not to mention how good the already sublime Juan Mata and Eden Hazard will be by then and the continued improvements of Cesar Azpilicueta that could make him the starter for Spain at the World Cup.

You can read the rest of this article at ninetyminutesonline.com who I wrote it for as a feature columnist.


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