I would first like to introduce myself. I am a huge Chelsea fan who lives in London - pretty near to Stamford Bridge. However I am still quite young (16) and I can't afford to go to regular Chelsea games. Therefore last january I decided to start going to Brentford games where the tickets are only £5. I really enjoyed my first half season watching them and became attached. This season I bought a season ticket and I can now consider myself a fan of Brentford as well as my main team Chelsea.
George Saville was loaned to Brentford at the beginning of this season and I have not noticed any talk about him or comments on this website. Uwe Rosler rewarded his talent with a regular first team place and after he left in December, Mark Warburton has continued to start him. He certainly has talent. His touch has been improving all season but it is his passing and dribbling where he really shines. As with all Brentford players he has a great workrate and his stamina really is top notch. BUT IS HE GOOD ENOUGH FOR CHELSEA??? I hear you say. Well the simple answer is no. Will he ever be? Probably not.
However he has great talent and has become one of Brentford's key players alongside league one player of the year adam foreshaw and experienced international jonathan douglas in midfield. If Brentford buy him in the summer (and I suspect they probably will,) he will join an ambitious club (probably in the championship) and will be set for a fantastic career. Therefore people saying the academy is futile and pointless are quite simply wrong in my opinion. The academy gives kids in London (often deprived ones,) to chose football over crime or a boring job. Not many make it through to the u21 team and a professional contract but those who do should gain huge respect from us on this website, however close to the Chelsea first team they are.
There are many others from our amazing academy who have and will go on to have great careers - even if it does mean leaving Chelsea behind. Many (including some of the authors on this site,) have been saying the academy is good because you either bring through a new first team player or sell and make money. But I disagree. I believe the main point of an academy will always be to develop young talent who will go and make a name for themselves in football.