Michael Emenalo has defended Chelsea’s approach to youth development but admitted that many of the club’s Academy stars will not make it at Stamford Bridge.
Chelsea, who currently have 33 players out on loan, have been accused of stockpiling young players with the aim not of developing them for themselves but of selling them on for huge profits.
Emenalo insists the hope is that every one of Chelsea’s young players will eventually be good enough for the first team, but he says there will be “no freebies” – the Blues will not give chances to any player until they are certain they are ready.
“We are not just packing them in and hoping a couple will make it,” Emenalo told the Sunday Telegraph. “We believe that all of them could make it but we know there are limited spaces and you have to prepare for that.”