At Chelsea, there has been a lot of change recently, and there will be more.
The CHELSEA NEW OWNERS‘ plan for how he sees the Blues developing has almost gone unnoticed as commentators have focused their attention on Todd Boehly’s comments on the possibility of a relegation tournament and North vs. South All-Star games.
Of course, Chelsea has started to take on the shape that Boehly and Clearlake Capital desire as a result of the firing of Thomas Tuchel and a number of other structural changes at Stamford Bridge. Although immediate success is desired, it may not be necessary because process and integrated communication are seen as being essential to advancing the club.
They want to find the best talent, give them “the right resources,” and make sure there is a collaborative mindset, as Boehly stated at the SALT conference. In an effort to address problems the Blues will face moving forward, that idea seems to extend beyond Chelsea.
Boehly said at the conference: “We’re going to be continuously adding resources. We’ve talked about having a multi-club model. I would love to continue to build out the footprint. There are different countries where there are advantages to having a club - Red Bull does a really good job with Leipzig and Salzburg, both of which are playing in the Champions League. So they’ve figured out how to make that work. “You have Man City that also has a big network of clubs. The challenge that Chelsea has right now, or at least one of them, is when you have 18/19/20-year-old superstars, you can loan them out to clubs, but you put their development in someone else’s hands. “So our goal is to make sure we can show pathways for our young superstars to get onto the Chelsea pitch while getting them real game time. And for me, the way to do that is through another club in a really competitive league in Europe.”
It’s a big plan, and the hierarchy at Chelsea seems to have been thinking about youth from the start of the takeover. With players like Mason Mount and Reece James making the first team, the west London club’s academy has established itself as one of the best in the world. However, individuals like Tammy Abraham, Marc Guehi, Fikayo Tomori, Tino Livramento, and others have opted to leave to find their own path. It seems Boehly wants to make that route more obvious without depending on other clubs.
There hasn’t been much time wasted in investing within the setup, and the club’s efficiency in developing its own talent seems appealing. Neil Bath, Chelsea’s Head of Youth Development, is the person most associated with the Cobham-based academy, and he appears to have had full support.
While the team has done a good job of developing its own talent in recent years, Chelsea made some high-profile acquisitions, including Carney Chukwuemeka, Cesare Casadei, Omari Hutchinson, Eddie Beach, and Zak Sturge. Bath also seems to have persuaded those in positions of authority above him that youth fits well into the system as a whole.
The owners stated upon purchasing the club: "Along with our commitment to developing the youth squad and acquiring the best talent, our plan of action is to invest in the Club for the long-term and build on Chelsea’s remarkable history of success."