Easily the finest caretaker coach any club can have, former Russia’s coach, Guus Hiddink has been there for Chelsea on 2 occasions. Always ready to answer their s.o.s calls, but not ever interested in staying for too long. His 2nd arrival has seen the club remain unbeaten in 14 consecutive league games, and it can only be better imagined how well the West London side would have fared this season if only he was beckoned upon earlier, or even was present in the dugout from the very beginning.
With 7 games to go and their top-flight appearance for next season already guaranteed, it is time for the youth players to be given more chances. Save for a slim chance of clinching the last spot of a Europa League appearance next season, Chelsea have nothing else to fight for, and can afford to throw in as many young players as possible in the starting eleven till May. Having featured 5 of them in the weekend’s thrashing of Aston Villa, and getting satisfied with their displays, Hiddink revealed afterwards he has plans to feature them regularly henceforth.
” It’s good for English football having these guys. Other clubs have them too, it’s good to see. When you have an Academy like Chelsea has for a long time, it’s not easy but you must give the players the chance to step up. That’s what we are doing in the second part of the season.”
The likes of Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Jake Clarke-Salter, who both featured on Saturday, have been tipped to follow in the steps of John Terry and become the next set of Chelsea’s Academy-bred players to break into the first team. The club’s Academy parades a lot of promising youngsters, and giving them a taste of the first-team action will come handy in their development.