Chelsea’s former director of football Michael Emenalo is seeing his model for the club coming true after the win against Sheffield United.
The Blues made it four consecutive victories with a 4-1 thrashing of the Blades in the latest Premier League game.
It saw Frank Lampard field five of the six players he spent £200m on over the summer, with Kai Havertz missing out due to Covid-19.
Four of the other players – Reece James, Kurt Zouma, Mason Mount and Tammy Abraham – have worked their way up the academy.
And this echoes a vision expressed by Emenalo, who worked at the club’s director of football for six years, in October 2019.
Chelsea’s former director of football Michael Emenalo is seeing his model for the club coming to fruition
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Speaking to the Telegraph last year, the former Stamford Bridge chief said: “You see Andreas Christensen playing for Borussia Monchengladbach, playing in the Champions League against Manchester City and when the coach comes he says ‘ok if this guy can play at that level then he can play for me’. That immediately breeds confidence.
“Of course, it didn’t always work and we had to change and adapt but it was beneficial to the boys. Look at Mount, he played a season at Vitesse and a season at Derby, so he’s ready.
The former director of football said in October 2019 that Chelsea should have a scenario with £600m of ‘talent from the academy and only need to spent another £200m’
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“Tammy, the same at Bristol City, Swansea and Aston Villa. Tomori at Brighton, Hull City and Derby. Hudson-Odoi is different, but you always get one exceptional talent and the games and training helped him.
“The idea is at some point, you only have to top up 30 or 40 per cent with those big signings.
“The other 60 or 70 per cent are players from the academy.
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