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Youth Team - Season Review


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This season has been very topsy turvey for many reasons. In a lot of ways the season has been somthing of a dissapointment for the Youth team. Results have been incredibly inconsistant this season, a lot of people argue that at U18's level results is not important, but i would disagree with that. Creating a winning mentality, especially at a club like Chelsea is very very important, plus winning breeds confidence and confidence allows players to perform at the highest level.

Paul Clement brought a lot of good things out of the team, defensively they were struggling which was why a lot of the results went against them. Mainly that was because there was never a settled back four and more often than not there were players playing out of position. But at the other end Clements team could bang in the goals, the team had a reputation of providing exciting games, even if the results were not what we would have wanted.

And then Dermot Drummy took over and in my opinion things went downhill fast. Firstly going out of th FA Youth Cup to Liverpool which saw us put out a poor performance, which was something that we shouldn't have seen from that team, and didn't see until that point. Drummy brought up with him a lot of the U16's which saw some older players pushed out of the squad and some younger ones playing at too high of a level. Results seemed to get worse and Dermot was certainly someone who was all about looking at development rather than results.

Player of the season:

Frank Nouble:

Nouble really hit form this season and hit it early. He ended up as top scorer, he scored some incredible goals and showed what he is all about. He really dominated at this level this season and earned himself some places in the reserves He is a big lad which really helps at level but he is much more than that, he has the skill and speed that every winger needs but his power sets him on a different level.

Team of the season:

............................Sebek..........................

Ahamed..........Ince..........Saville........Gordon

..........................Philliskirk.........................

.............McEachran........Clifford..................

Sala......................Borini...................Nouble

Next Season:

Personally i would like to see a chance of manager next season and get someone who can really drive the boys on to be the best they can be. Particulary next season as the under 16's moving up are touted as probably the best group of players we have seen at this club at youth level. Some players, McEachran, Lalkovic, Ince, Tore and Mitrovic have already moved up and shown themselves at this level. Others like Ashton, Rodgers, Pirez and Deen-Conteh are all extremly highly thought of and big things are expected.

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