Chelsea’s academy system has come under scrutiny in recent days as Blues manager José Mourinho told the media players must starting graduating into the first team. Well the Daily Mirror report that Chelsea are set to add another 17-year-old to their youth team as they hunt Daniel Agyei of AFC Wimbledon.
Daniel Agyei is yet to make it to the AFC Wimbledon first team but is dominating for their Under-21 side with 22 already this season. It is understood both Chelsea and their local rivals, Championship side Fulham, are both interested in Agyei who is thought to have a bright future ahead of him. However they will have to convince him to join the Premier League side, risking his chance at regular first-team football.
Earlier today we reported how Thorgan Hazard, who joined the Chelsea academy in 2012 but was sent out on loan ever since, may be willing to move permanently away from the club to be given his chance. Chelsea currently have 25 players out on loan, most of these are young players who spend time away from Stamford Bridge to develop their career as otherwise they would have no opportunity to.
Chelsea’s Mourinho has spoken out about the need for the club to use academy graduates: “If you don’t bring kids through the academy, the best thing is to close the academy. “If the kids are not good enough or the work not good enough, and you don’t bring kids up, then close the door and use the money to buy players. You need to prove the academy works well and is worth it.”
Will Chelsea sign Daniel Agyei from AFC Wimbledon, is it a wise move for the youngster?