Fabio Borini was one of Chelsea’s younger players who prompted a bit of debate amongst supporters over the past season. On loan at Swansea, Borini was regarded by some as one of the young players we should be giving a new contract to – Chelsea clearly didn’t agree and Borini has made his thoughts on the club clear as a result.
The Italian striker says “I don’t need to remind Chelsea what I can do because they already know – I’ve been top scorer for the reserves – and sometimes you need to be honest with yourself. I need to go away from Chelsea to play regular football, even if it’s with a smaller team in a smaller league. Most of the young players at Chelsea have had to do the same thing.
Scott Sinclair, who plays at Swansea now, Jack Cork, Jeffrey Bruma, Patrick van Aanholt and Michael Mancienne all went through the same thing. I would not say we share the same frustration, but we all need the same honesty. Although I am still young, I have been at Chelsea for four years now and I feel I have wasted the last six months of my career.”
Harsh words from a player who feels let down by his parent club or just cold, hard facts?
Well, the fact is, none of our young players have been given the opportunity to establish themselves in the first team since John Terry and last season was no exception. Despite saying all the right things about our academy and the need to bring them through, it hasn’t happened. How many genuine opportunities was Josh McEachran given, for example?
That can’t sit well for our youngsters can it?
Toddy Kane is one of our young players TheChelseaBlog has watched closely over the past season. At Chelsea since he was an under 8, the 18 year old right back has particularly impressed over the past season, with Dermot Drummy Chelsea’s youth team manager saying “He (Toddy) started the season in the youth team and progressed to scoring a fantastic goal at Stamford Bridge for our reserve team in the play-off final. He scored plenty of goals and the maturity that we all noticed in Toddy elevated his position and that is what I call development. He played in games that the youth team lost but moved on mentally and technically and Steve Holland took him on board late in the season and he virtually became a reserve team player. That gave him a burst of confidence and that is the sort of progress that I look at.”
But realistically, despite having a contract with Chelsea currently – and giving the past ten years to the club he supports – can he realistically expect even the impressive progress he continues to make see him become an established first team player for the club he loves?
I wouldn’t be holding my breath if I was him.