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  • #52155 Score: 1
    PaganPagan
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    On another note our under 18s are playing Spurs at the moment.

    half time Spurs 0 Chelsea 5

    ….Pagan

    #52172 Score: 0
    nine nine nine
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    Zouma had a bit of a dodgy start back at Chelsea but the greatest accolade you can pay him is we’ve hardly missed Rudiger.

    #52174 Score: 0
    nine nine nine
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    Seriously how good was Reece James again 19 and he barely gave Zaha a kick.

    #52175 Score: 0
    nine nine nine
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    ……Pulisic too!

    #52176 Score: 1
    PaganPagan
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    9, Frank’s Fledglings, let’s not underestimate Jody’s roll in the youth development

    Morris Minors

    Jody’s Juniors

    ….Pagan

    • This reply was modified 7 months ago by PaganPagan.
    #52178 Score: 0
    nine nine nine
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    Love Morris’s Minors.?

    #52179 Score: 0
    sean the sailor
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    Chelsea’s press is very good. You can see there’s a real good team spirit there and everyone would run through a brick wall for their manager

    Chelsea are well in the title race. They are really impressive now

    #52180 Score: 0
    nine nine nine
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    Kind words Sean and much appreciated. Not sure about the title race though although the last time we won 6 games on the trot we won the PL title in 2017.?

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    PaganPagan
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    67, back to ladies footy, have you seen Doncaster Belles shirt for this weekend? Now that’s how you do a remembrance shirt…..Pagan

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    nine nine nine
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    Average age of 24 years & 88 days:

    Chelsea FC named their youngest-ever PL starting XI today and the youngest of any team this season.

    #52205 Score: 0
    PaganPagan
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    Roman bought the club in 2003, and then invested in the training facilities at Cobham that opened in 2007, he then started to invest in the academy. Kids can sign for academies at 9, so the players we see now are the first to go through the new system from start to finish, it’s been a long process, but it’s now starting to pay off….Pagan

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    nine nine nine
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    Pagan, 9 is the earliest age that a young boy can officially sign for an Academy but all Clubs are recruiting young likely kids from the age of 5 or 6.

    Mason Mount was at Chelsea from aged 6 and all the Club’s have Regional Development Academies to cope with the recruitment of the very young players.

    This is a very special Group of players that have come through at Chelsea confirmed by what they won at Academy level but it won’t always be like that the Class of 92 at United was unique and the best we’ve seen up to now.

    #52224 Score: 0
    PaganPagan
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    9, I’m well aware how pro teams work, with shadow squads and feeder clubs, but once they hit 9 things change dramatically, no more playing with your mates, barring school, and you then get the full on academy training, Which is what we’re seeing the fruits of now.

    Would be interesting to work out the value of the current crop of youngsters against the investment, without factoring in the fees those that moved on….Pagan

    #52226 Score: 1
    442
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    Pagan…Didnt the club make all the outlay on the academy back with the sale of salah, kdb and Lukaku? Lucky or long term thinking? does it matter, there is a future and soul to the club emerging again. That’s quite a nice feeling.

    #52228 Score: 0
    nine nine nine
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    Pagan, they’re not feeder Clubs mate the Regional Development Centres are part of the pro Club’s and run by the Club’s and take kids on from 5/6 to the age of 9 but all the kids even at that young age have to go through trials and there are regular culls.

    So it can be tough on them one of the young lads I know who looked a real prospect at aged 7 was culled by Southampton but now lives in Germany his Mother is German and plays for a Club there and the German National under 12’s team.

    I’ve personally seen the quality of the Coaching at the Regional Development Centres and it does bring the boys on massively even though the vast majority will never get anywhere near the first team or a professional team.

    The value of the current crop of youngsters at Chelsea would be enormous as an example Palace bid £20m for Reece James before he had even kicked a ball for Chelsea at Senior level. Cheers 9’s

    #52230 Score: 0
    PaganPagan
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    9, if you hang around grass roots footy you’ll find the feeder clubs, they’re not official, but they are monitored/mentored by the pro clubs and players that they want to keep an eye on are encouraged to go to these clubs.

    The RTC and Academy sides are the next step up, but as you know it’s a long road to making a living out of the game….Pagan

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    PaganPagan
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    442, don’t really think you can count those players of products of the academy….Pagan

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    nine nine nine
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    Pagan, I’ve only personally experienced a Club Regional Development Centre mate and a County Academy so that’s all I can sensibly discuss the first is obviously run and managed by a Club and the second is a County Academy with lots of Club Coaches working there for obvious reasons.

    The standard of Coaching in both is excellent as is the quality of boys being coached there.

    The worst case scenario is that both will bring a lad on to play at a very decent level of football but as per your suggestion and as I said previously “the vast majority will never get anywhere near the first team or a professional team.”

    That’s the thing I worry about for the boys because the continuous culling from age 5 is a pressure on them all as sometimes is their parents and families some of whom believe little Charlie is the next Aguero and some are living their ambitions through their kids. Cheers 9’s

    #52234 Score: 0
    MoosMoos
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    It’s what we all wanted years ago and who knows how many other gems simply faded into obscurity with lower league clubs or just gave up because they were not given opportunities. Let’s also be realistic we have been playing against teams not regarded as the top 6 clubs so we see how it goes when we face the top teams. Hopefully better then it has been we either drew or lost to the top clubs this season, no wins yet.

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    Chelsea1967Chelsea1967
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    Massive 8 points now between 4th and 5th which could even be stretched out to 9 depending of the results of the remaining matches of the round. An important game at City next. Anything from that game would be a bonus.

    • This reply was modified 6 months, 4 weeks ago by Chelsea1967Chelsea1967.
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