An excellent XI of academy graduates let go by Chelsea

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An excellent XI of academy graduates let go by Chelsea

In one of the more surprising attempts at public reinvention in living memory, Roman Abramovich’s big-spending Chelsea have portrayed themselves as a hotbed for homegrown talent.

To an extent, this is true. A quick look at Chelsea’s current first-team squad indicates a healthy quota of academy graduates are at manager Frank Lampard’s disposal.

At the same time, their ‘buy them young and loan them to Vitesse for all of eternity’ policy has inevitably meant some significant wastage. While some have fallen away from football altogether, others have managed to carve promising careers throughout Europe’s top leagues.

Here, we’ve compiled an XI of the best Chelsea academy players still playing elsewhere today, arranged in a 4-4-2  formation.

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