With John Terry the last true Blue to have come through the Chelsea youth development programme to become a regular first-teamer at the Bridge, the Pensioners have been accused of failing to rear their own young.
Rather, under the authority of Dane Frank Arnesen, the West Londoners have adopted an aggressive policy of snapping up the best young talent from across Europe, and time is rapidly approaching to see whether any of the new young recruits look like proving the real deal.
At just 16-years-old, Dutch teenager Jeffrey Bruma was transferred to Chelsea from Feyenoord. Bruma, a tall, physical, and powerful centre-half, quickly settled into the Blues youth set-up playing every round of the 2007/08 FA Youth Cup as the Blues went all the way to the final. Bruma was the top appearance maker in the youth league.
And ever since progress has been moving in the right direction for Bruma. Having excelled as a schoolboy, the maturing defender soon found himself a key member of the reserve squad last season. And on Tuesday night Bruma received his highest accolade to date as the defender received his first call up to the Dutch U21 squad in the Oranje’s goalless draw with the Young Lions.
Happily, a video capturing the individual highlights of Jeffrey Bruma Dutch debut can be seen here.