It seems over the last couple of seasons that Chelsea has somewhat ignored the talent in its own youth system and it appears Mourinho will try to put an end to that.
Probably the two biggest players who can make an impact on the Blues first team this coming season are striker Romelu Lukaku and midfielder Kevin De Bruyne, both from Belgium.
Staying up with, or even on the big club has been a challenge for the duo, with Bayer Leverkusen desperately wanting the 22-year-old De Bruyne first as part of a deal for Schürrle, then on loan for the season.
Although nothing is concrete right now, it seems De Bruyne will get his shot in West London this season in a now loaded midfield. And Mourinho, who went to watch the youngster play as part of his Belgian national in World Cup qualifier squad last month, is obviously impressed with De Bruyne.
This kid can really play.
As far as the 20-year-old Lukaku—who spent last season out on loan with West Bromwich Albion where he led the club with 17 goals—a recent report from Sky Sports says he will not consider another loan move but we all know, in the end, it’s not up to him.
"Yeah we spoke and I want to keep it private because when you have confidential talks with the manager, it has to stay between you and him," Lukaku said of his meeting with Mourinho. "We had a good talk and now it's up to me.”
“You never know in football but my mind is in Chelsea now and I have come back to do well in preseason and if I do a good preseason, I think I will have a place in the squad and hopefully in the starting XI.”
With the striker spot being one of the positions where Chelsea has still not landed anyone, and just Torres and Demba Ba now on the roster, Mourinho has done the wise thing in giving the kid his chance and, to me, Lukaku will be the next big thing at Stamford Bridge.
The Blues have a number of others players in their system who may one day get their shot including Nathaniel Chalobah, Islam Feruz, Thorgan Hazard, Josh McEachran, Lucas Piazón and Nathan Aké, among many others, but cracking into the first team, let alone the starting XI is not as easy as all of us genius armchair managers make it out to be.
Eighteen-year-old midfielder Aké is set to be set out on loan to Vitesse Arnhem in the Netherlands’ Eredivisie, but a recent story in the Daily Mirror says the Dutchman is set to defy The Gray One and wants to stay in England and either play (on loan) for another Premier League club or in the Championship.
We’ll see who wins that battle.
All in all, it’s a pretty nice problem to have if you’re a manager but can be frustrating for many of the young guys who, in their minds, have paid their dues and want their shot at some first-team football.
Either way, expect Mourinho to do the right thing and his seeming commitment currently to De Bruyne and Lukaku speaks volumes seeing as how KDB could theoretically now be gone for good and in the Bundesliga and the manager could have already sent Lukaku out for another loan spell.
At least he’s giving them their chance over signing some overpaid, older prospects. It should work out well for all parties involved.