Surely you know or have heard the name Jamal Musiala? He is a star of Bayern Munich and the German national team. In the past, the brilliant striker who was still only 19 years old belonged to Chelsea.
Musiala was forged at the Chelsea Academy for eight years, from 2011 to 2019. Failing to realize his extraordinary talent, Bayern Munich brought him to Germany and in 2020 he was promoted to the senior team.
Together with Die Roten, Musiala exploded and the explosion reached the Chelsea locker room. But what can I do, regret always comes too late.
At a time like this, when a number of Blues stars fall down due to injury, remembering Musiala shining far away is of course very painful.
King started his football career with Chelsea at the age of nine. King, now a Leicester City hero, was released by the Chelsea academy six years later in 2004.
He joined the Leicester City youth team at the age of 15. Then, moving up the ranks, made his debut at the age of 18.
King remained with Leicester City, helping them gain promotion from League One and the Championship. His loyalty paid off when The Foxes lifted the Premier League trophy for the first time in 2016.
After sixteen years with Leicester, King was released in 2020 and has now moved to Bristol City.
Solanke started his career with the Blues under-8 team and starred with 20 goals in 25 matches. He was awarded the Chelsea Academy Player of the Year award for the 2014/2015 season.
It’s just that Solanke couldn’t break into the senior Chelsea squad and headed to Liverpool at the start of the 2017/2018 season. He made 21 league appearances that season but was sold to Bournemouth in January 2019 for £19m.
His presence greatly pleased Eddie Howe, the Bournemouth coach at the time. However, good luck was not on his side. Bournemouth relegation.
Yet Solanke did not give up. In two Championship seasons, he scored 44 goals and is now back in the Premier League with Solanke as a mainstay up front.
If only Chelsea could see his extraordinary talent, maybe now Graham Potter has a reliable pillar at the back. Too bad indeed. After finishing at the Chelsea Academy, Lamptey was not given the opportunity to develop his talents in the senior team for a long time.
Promoted in 2019, a year later the 22-year-old defender was simply let go by his current club, Brighton & Hove Albion. Even though he was plagued with a hamstring injury, Lamptey was able to recover from his slump and is now determined to take over his position under Roberto De Zerbi.
Of all the young players, Jamal Musiala could hurt the Blues the most. In his teens, the world-class starlet made 20 appearances for the German national team and won the Champions League.
Musiala’s story left grief for Chelsea. Born in Stuttgart, the teenager moved to England aged seven and started playing in Southampton’s academy before Chelsea took him in 2011.
He quickly rose through the youth academy at Cobham and became a future star at Stamford Bridge. Armed with flexibility and skills in handling the ball beyond his age, Die Roten then hunted for talented talent and managed to get it in 2019.
Chelsea can’t keep its valuable assets well.