Chelsea’s youth revolution may have its ups and downs, as all things involving young players tend to be, but we appear fully committed to this pathway and that alone is a welcome change from the seemingly direction-less approach of the last few years.
One of the key components other than actually playing the kids is ensuring that we don’t end up in disadvantageous contract situations — unlike in the case of Callum Hudson-Odoi (has he signed yet?).
So, to that effect, we have a couple reports today regarding contract talks with youngsters.
First, the Guardian’s reporting that Chelsea have “opened talks” with both Tammy Abraham and Fikayo Tomori over new contracts. Both names have already featured in similar rumors this year, so hopefully they will indeed join the likes of Mason Mount, Marc Guehi, and Billy Gilmour in putting pen to paper on a new long-term deal soon.
Additionally, we have a report from The Athletic (via Inside Futbol) that young left back Ian Maatsen is also set to sign a new contract. The 17-year-old was one of the breakout stars of early preseason, alongside Gilmour, and has been featuring regularly for the U23s since. Many expect him to be pulled up to the first-team for next week’s League Cup match against fourth division Grimsby Town as well, especially with Emerson’s continuing injury concerns.
Sign ‘em up!