Time for Chelsea's Younger Generation to Get A Chance to Prove Its Worth

Hemant DuaCorrespondent IIAugust 7, 2009

BARCELONA, SPAIN - AUGUST 02: Jose Callejon of RCD Espanyol celebrates with Ben Sahar (#14) after Sahar scored a goal against Liverpool during a pre- season friendly match at the Nuevo Estadio de Cornella-El Prat stadium on August 2, 2009 in Barcelona, Spain.  (Photo by Denis Doyle/Getty Images)

For those of you who don't know, the player celebrating in this photo happens to be Ben Sahar. Yes, the 19-year-old Israel player, who recently got transferred from English FA Cup winners Chelsea to Spanish side Espanyol.

He is yet another example of a talented young player scouted by Chelsea, who wasn't given enough playing time to show his worth.

On loan with De Graafschap in the Eredivisie last season, he played 22 matches, scoring six goals and providing three assists. He, thus, earned himself a move to Espanyol.

And now, only a few days earlier, we come to hear that he has scored a brace for them, in a 3-0 drubbing they handed English giants Liverpool. I believe that he not only gave Liverpool a lesson on the given day, in fact he also taught Chelsea a lesson.

A lesson to learn to trust youngsters more, to give them more of a chance to show their true colours, to accept that if you don't help them realise their potential, then there are other clubs who will, and you can later only sit and think, if only.

I feel that bringing in Daniel Sturridge from Manchester City was a signal of intent to build for the future. However, talented youngster Miroslav Stoch was loaned out. The same with Franco Di Santo. These chaps, particularly Stoch, have shown a lot of promise.

Yesterday, news also came in that Scott Sinclair had been loaned out to Wigan. This clearly shows that Chelsea's policy with younger players must change soon.

The club must let this younger generation feature more often in matches. If you look at Manchester United, you'll see the likes of Federico Macheda, Danny Wellback, Darron Gibson, Johnny Evans, and Brazilian twins Rafael and Fabio playing a big part when they come on as substitutes. Quite the same at Arsenal.

In contrast, Di Santo, Stoch, Sinclair, and Mancienne, all of whom are just as good as their United and Arsenal counterparts, do not get enough playing time.

Chelsea have done a good job in the transfer market by snapping up Yuri Zhirkov, Sturridge, and Ross Turnbull, and they are all below 26-years in age. However, what disappoints most is that Ben Sahar and 17-year-old Frank Nouble were allowed to move permanently.

The positives are that the players loaned out will return with some valuable experience for the next season, however I did not see the point in sending them all out at the same time.

The last thing I'd want to see now is Michael Mancienne being used as makeweight for bringing in Andrea Pirlo, who I firmly believe, will only be surplus to requirements, should he come.

Finally, I'd like to mention a piece of transfer rumour that particularly interested me. It was on http://www.goal.com/en/ linking FC Porto striker Hulk to Chelsea.

If this were to come true, I'd be delighted, since he's only 22-years old and would be a signing for the future. He has the attributes needed to be a hit in the Premier League. He has good dribbling ability, is super fast, and has one hell of a left foot.

I was particularly impressed with the way he chased down the defenders in Porto's two-legged Champions League quarterfinal against Man United.

The only thing that put me off was his buy-out clause, about 33 million pounds.

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