The Chelsea board are aware they have a problem, and the way that Sami Mokbel puts it in the Mail makes it very clear how severe they think their issues are. He says here that Chelsea are “desperately seeking homegrown talent” as they fear that the tightening regulations will catch them out.
There’s a decent core players who came through English academies at the club now, but the majority of them have uncertain futures.
Gary Cahill, Danny Drinkwater and Victor Moses are all senior players who are barely featuring and may want to go. Cesc Fabregas is not happy with his playing time either. Rob Green is just an ageing space filler, Andreas Christensen is from the club’s own academy but may decide to leave after losing his place again.
That’s a good 50% of the B team Maurizio Sarri has been playing, and all will need to be replaced by homegrown talent if we’re to keep ahead of the game. That means a lot of work to do – no wonder the club are so concerned.