Just over a week ago, eyebrows were propped up on the foreheads of several commentators following the news that Chelsea head talent scout Frank Arnesen had been given a place on Chelsea’s football club board.
While the honour fell short of a seat on the Blues’ PLC board, the reward was still felt by many to defy logic, particularly having regard to the consensus opinion that Arnsenen has not proven value for money since his acrimonious departure from the Lilywhites.
As pointed out by Sam Wallace, “not bad work for a man whose contribution to the current first team squad of Chelsea thus far has been Franco Di Santo and Miroslav Stoch (18 substitutes’ appearances between them) despite a budget to recruit over the last four years that is pretty much unsurpassed in the history of youth development… For Arnesen’s first generation of Chelsea players such as Stoch, Ricardo Fernandes, Sergio Tejera, Michael Woods, Tom Taiwo, Patrick Van Aanholt, Fabio Ferreira and Morten Nielsen it is reaching the point whereby their careers need to take flight at Chelsea. They have been recruited since Arnesen’s arrival from the likes of Sporting Lisbon, Espanyol and Leeds United; they are now all around the ages of 18 and 19. It is now or never and, sadly, the answer would appear to be never.”
So, hardly a ringing endorsement on the Chelsea youth from the Independent hack.
Fighting against Wallace’s guff though is YouTuber “EskWeston,” who has gone to the trouble of compiling a brilliant video of the goals of the season scored by the Chelsea youth and reserves. Of the goals to look out for, Connor Clifford scores a tremendous volley into the top corner, Frank Nouble’s thunderbolt against Manchester United, and a tenacious goal from Fabio Borini.
The Chelsea youth and reserve goals can be seen here.