Chelsea: 5 Young Guns Who Could Have a Big Impact in the Future
Chelsea are loaded with young talent just itching for a chance to make a difference at the London club.
While some have already started to make their presence felt in the first team, others are out plying their trade on loan throughout Europe.
As Chelsea continue to move their veteran players on to the next chapter in their careers, you can bet that the following five players are set to have a major impact on the club in the coming years.
Spanish attacking fullback Cesar Azpilicueta has only joined the Blues this fall, but the former Marseille defender looks up to the task on the right flank for the club.
His creative movement going forward is a welcomed addition to the club's right side and he looks to supplant Branislav Ivanovic as the first-choice right back in the future.
Belgian international forward Romelu Lukaku arrived in the summer of 2011 for the Blues, but largely was never able to find his feet at the club under Andre Villas-Boas.
Likewise under Roberto Di Matteo, Lukaku was loaned out to West Bromwich Albion at the start of the season believing he was far from ready to make an impact.
However, West Brom currently sit third in the EPL and Lukaku has four goals and one assist for the club in 12 outings for the Baggies.
His future credentials continue to look bright for the London side when he returns.
Another of the Blues' young Belgian players, goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois is perhaps one of the most promising youngsters that is under the banner of the London club.
In his second loan season with Spanish side, Atletico Madrid, Courtois has produced sublime skill in net for the current top three side in the La Liga BBVA and is a ready-made replacement for Petr Cech when the time comes.
Oscar announced his arrival at Chelsea with a UEFA Champions League brace and has yet to look back.
The 21-year-old Brazilian already has 18 appearances for the club with four assists and four goals to his name in all competitions and is set to be a key fixture in the Blues' midfield for the foreseeable future.
Belgian's galore is all that the Chelsea youth ranks seem to hold. The most influential of them all is set to be Eden Hazard.
The former Lille OSC winger has come straight into the side and had no issues adapting to the pace and physicality of the English game.
So far he has 12 assists and four goals in just 21 games since arriving in England and looks to be the best summer buy of the club for quite some time.