Chelsea academy players displayed great progress in their career path over the years. The latest transfer news on the 18-year-old midfielder Lewis Bate is underlining the statement. But, featuring in the senior side is not that easy for the youngsters in West London.
Although, they are attracting eyes from the major footballing hotspots in the country. The interest of West Ham United in Lewis Bate was reported by The Athletic.
The summer transfer window is heating up to its extreme as the clubs are making additions prior to the start of next season. Chelsea are still on the market figuring out the purchases. Manager Thomas Tuchel got a detailed wishlist and action plan for next season.
Meanwhile, a lot of young options looking for a deal to earn more first-team experience. Some of the players are already on tour from Stamford Bridge for the same. The potential of Lewis Bate has been a discussion among the pundits of the game. (Sources)
He made 53 appearances for the youth system of Chelsea in all competitions. He is more like a central midfielder in the formation and is more creative with the ball behind the attacking line. There are analyses among the pundits saying that the player is above the mark of Billy Gilmour, another sensible player from the youth system of the Blues.
The latest bid from David Moyes is his second raid in the Chelsea camp. West ham signed the French midfielder of Chelsea, Pierre Ekwah earlier this month for a three-year contract. The defensive midfielder is offered a place in the first-team setup in London stadium as David Moyes is a threat to the big six of the Premier League.
West Ham had a stunning season finishing 6th on the table and qualifying for the Europa League. David Moyes had his own temporary options in the squad that won points for him. The Manchester United winger Jesse Lingard was one of them in the show.
The tough path into the Chelsea senior side:
Chelsea academy graduates understand the level of competition within the senior squad of the club. They are aware of the tough road in front of them and prefer outings from the parent team to add experience to the profile.
The decision of Lewis Bate to not extend the current Chelsea contract was a part of this vision. Chelsea can’t help the youngsters as they are facing tough competition within the league and in the continent.
Although, some of the academy graduates managed to get into the senior squad and impressed the fans. Mason Mount and Billy Gilmour are few examples. Thomas Tuchel is keen to watch the youngsters advancing at a high level.
But, the European Champions need to address the strong contenders of the game. Chelsea are yet to make the deal of the window and they have got multiple requirements.
The wishlist for the summer includes a centre-back, and a no.9 in the front. Also, they are tracking few midfielders for the future and the transfer market is admitting their interests.