FOOTBALL: Chelsea’s Director Slams Tottenham’s Youth Policy

Chelsea’s director Micheal Emenalo has slammed the fuss around Tottenham’s academy hype saying the only player they’ve produced in years is Harry Kane.

Chelsea technical director Michael Emenalo is proud of the standards at his academy after their recent achievements, claiming the UEFA U-19 Championship.

“In reality it is just the one key player, Harry Kane,’ said Emenalo. ‘Dele Alli they bought, Eric Dier they bought; Tom Carroll is a fringe player. So with all the hoopla about Tottenham, it’s just the one player”.So with all the hoopla about Tottenham, it’s just the one player so we try to remind them it’s not just a Chelsea problem. We want them to be patient because they (the parents) want it quicker than the boys want it or the boys are ready to take it”.

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On Friday, they play Manchester City in the first-leg of the FA Youth Cup final, which they are defending for a fourth time.Two players who have been part of the Blues’ youth success, Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Bertrand Traore, have both had chances this season at Stamford Bridge.Both are also expected to be retained in the first-team squad by incoming manager Antonio Conte. And there are high hopes for right-back Todd Kane after an impressive season at NEC Nijmegen in Holland’s Eredivisie.

But Emenalo urged them to have faith in a system which will see them mature at 21 or 22.”Christensen will be a superb player,I see on a regular basis that Jake Clarke-Salter and Fikayo Tomori are going to be outstanding players.They are young and I don’t know if they decide to get fat. There’s nothing I can do about that. If they continue the way that they are, they will make it because they have great talent, there’s no doubt about that.There is a co-ordinated effort from everybody to want to make this happen. Not just because it feels good, and it is nice to have a backbone the fans can relate to and support.But with the investment we are making and where we think the game is going and the competition that we have, you can’t just buy your way out of trouble all the time.We have a philosophy in the academy to teach them to play the right way, the way we think a big team should play. And ultimately the only way they can play that gives them a chance to play for our first-team”.

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