Nathaniel Chalobah completed a £6m move to Watford this week
Why would the 22-year-old, who has played 40 times for the England Under-21s, stay at a club that has just decided to spend £40m on a player of the same age and same defensive midfield position from France?
Now, I’m sure that Tiemoue Bakayoko will be a fine footballer for Chelsea after a couple of successful seasons in the first team at Monaco, learning his trade at a crucial age.
But the same chance was denied to Chalobah despite his obvious talent, and it seems Chelsea would prefer to spend a small fortune on buying foreign youngsters than taking the risk to trust their own.
It demeans them, plain and simple.
Chelsea recently announced the signing of Tiemoue Bakayoko
Last week another of their kids, Ruben Loftus-Cheek, accepted a one-year loan switch to Crystal Palace – preferable by far to a season in the shadows.
England U21 striker Tammy Abraham has gone on loan from Chelsea to Swansea. Trust him at Stamford Bridge? Not likely.
A couple of U20 World Cup winners are on the books at Chelsea: Fikayo Tomori and Jack Clarke-Salter. Expect to see them elsewhere too.
First snaps! Tiemoue Bakayoko joins Chelsea Sat, July 15, 2017
Express Sport brings you all the best snaps as Chelsea unveil new signing Tiemoue Bakayoko
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Chelsea unveil new signing Tiemoue Bakayoko
Oh, and Chelsea provide the bulk of the England U19 side that played in their European Championship Final yesterday evening. What price the brilliantly skilful Mason Mount featuring for Chelsea’s first team in the years to come?
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I wouldn’t put a penny on it.