Liverpool’s gain is more proof Chelsea are failing themselves in the long-term

first_imgDominic Solanke’s move from Chelsea to Liverpool is unlikely to be the story of the summer when it comes to transfers, with billions set to be spent, but it could prove to be a huge failure for the club in the long-term.A tribunal will set the fee for the striker, with estimates putting the amount he will cost at £3m, but his transfer represents the Blues’ failure to captilise on their successful academy, and overreliance on their cash.At 19 years old, the quick forward has been a regular goalscorer through Chelsea’s ranks and in England’s youth teams. Last term he was kept at Stamford Bridge by Antonio Conte to be their third choice behind Diego Costa and Michy Batshuayi, a futile role given the lack of injuries and suspensions for the pair.The latter, a £33m signing from Marseille, managed just seven starts for the Blues across all competitions, with Conte preferring consistency in his team selection to rotation, which proved successful given their Premier League title win.Chelsea’s short-termism in their lack of regard for the youngster’s potential will, rather unfortunately, be deemed justified as Conte didn’t need the player on the way to their triumph, despite him needing first-team football to aid his development.In the end Solanke’s switch will still represent a failure on behalf of the Blues though, who have opted, once again to spend big sums of money rather than bring talented academy products into their first-team. Roman Abramovich’s money sees them able to spend their way to glory, despite producing excellent youngsters, for which their coaching staff should be credited.With John Terry leaving the club this summer, there are just Nathan Ake, Nathaniel Chalobah and Ruben Loftus-Cheek left to fly the flag for the academy, with only Ake realistically challenging for a starting spot, and the latter two stuck on the fringes until injuries strike, despite their evident ability.All this while Tottenham, Manchester United, and Liverpool all bring through academy stars, and the latter are signing the Blues’ talented, but unwanted, players.Chelsea can at least hope 19-year-old Tammy Abraham’s emergence during his loan spell with Bristol City will lessen the effect of Solanke’s loss. And should mean, superficially, there is no diminishing of the quality in the first-team.But it’s an unexpected boost for Liverpool, and all because their rivals have mismanaged their academy production line, which continues to churn out talents, but the first-team fails to find a role for them.And this is without looking towards the losses of Romelu Lukaku, Kevin De Bruyne, Juan Cuadrado, Mohamed Salah, Ryan Bertrand, and even current Liverpool star Daniel Sturridge, who have all gone on, with varying extents, to have success away from Stamford Bridge.Further on from this, though, the loss of Solanke threatens to undermine the good work being done at the club away from the senior team.If you were a young footballer, why sign a contract at Chelsea when Manchester United, Tottenham, and Liverpool all have youth products in and around their first-team?Spurs have not only brought through the likes of Harry Kane, and Harry Winks but Joshua Onomah, on England Under-20 duty with Solanke, Cameron Carter-Vickers, Kyle Walker-Peters, and Marcus Edwards, all appear set to burst into the first XI under Mauricio Pochettino.Klopp, while gaining Solanke, still has the likes of Trent Alexander-Arnold, Ovie Ejaria, and Ben Woodburn ready to call upon. And Jose Mourinho has talents like Marcus Rashford, Jesse Lingard, Timothy Fosu-Mensah, Axel Tuanzebe, and Angel Gomes ready to step into the breach.Solanke could easily find himself going from no senior football to first-team regular too, becoming an important part of Klopp’s plans, especially as the Reds deal with Champions League football on top of three domestic competitions.Meanwhile, Chelsea will just throw money at their first-team again, with Lukaku linked with a mega-money return, yet Kasey Palmer and Izzy Brown, who won promotion to the Premier League with Huddersfield, are likely to be sent out on loan again. In the short-term it might work, with goals flowing, silverware lifted, and champagne on ice.But is it worth it when they’re just strengthening their rivals and failing their own academy? Dominic Solanke has joined Liverpool from Chelsea 1last_img

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