With Andre Villas-Boas so far failing to give young Josh McEachran any Premier League time in the club's first three matches of the season despite a hugely impressive summer for the 18-year-old, there've been some rumblings of discontent amongst fans keen on seeing a youth movement rejuvenate the club. With Chelsea bringing in exciting talents in Oriol Romeu and Romelu Lukaku as well, it seems as though the future is bright for the Blues, if only they get to play.
For far, Lukaku is the only Chelsea youngster to have been blooded in the current campaign, although Daniel Sturridge is widely expected to feature against Sunderland after having been suspended for the first three games of the season. The Belgian, of course, played the last twenty minutes of Chelsea's 3-1 over Norwich City and looked a little rusty but reasonably impressive regardless. However, there's been no sign whatsoever of either Romeu or McEachran.
Not to worry, says Frank Lampard:
We are introducing that youth in the signings we've made and with some of the players we have here already. I know for a fact the manager won't be scared to throw them in and play them in important games because there is a lot of trust in the players.
Age is something people throw in when you have a bad game or a bad result and it's an easy answer. The answer will be seen at the end of the season.
-Source: Sky Sports.
I'm not going to take this at face value, because everyone said the same thing about last year and then Carlo Ancelotti went all child-hating on us. Chelsea have, however, strongly implied that they're going to restock the cabinet with top young players, as evidenced by their transfer policy this summer, and it would seem to be pretty crazy to completely ignore what they've done.
I think we should already have seen the likes of Romeu and McEachran (Romeu hasn't even been on the bench), yes. But it would be a little bit odd if Andre Villas-Boas didn't believe in what the club seems like it's doing, so I'm going to have to assume that he'll give them some time when the chance is right. Hopefully that'll be sooner than later, because I miss McEachran and am excited to see what we have in Romeu.
Youth is coming, and it's going to be awesome.