Former Academy Player Gets Cranky At The Club

Chelsea have allowed three senior players to leave the club as their contracts expired, but while Didier Drogba, Salomon Kalou and Jose Bosingwa (ok, mostly Drogba) got all of the press, several other, younger players saw their contracts run out were let go as well. One of that number is Marko Mitrovic, who's on his way out of the club at the end of the month, presumably to go back to Malmo.

He didn't have very complimentary things to say about the Blues, either:

It (Malmo) is still the club in my heart and it would be great to return. Chelsea don't really invest in their youngsters, they would rather sign experienced players.

-Source: Expressen via Sky Sports.

It's tempting to be cranky back, but Mitrovic does have a point. He was taken from Malmo's academy a few years ago, started banging in goals for the youth team, made it to the reserves and... was never given anything like a shot in the first team. There are reasons for that, of course, with injuries being the major factor, but it's still true that academy players have a very hard time getting into the senior squad.

But I don't think things are as bad as they seem - academy product Ryan Bertrand starting in (and winning!) a Champions League final indicates that something good is going on - and with more and more young players gravitating towards Chelsea it's clear to me that the academy system is doing well. If we have to buy experienced players, so be it, but that doesn't mean that the youngsters who work hard and stay healthy can't find a place on the squad.

Good luck to Marko, wherever he goes.

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