Joe Cole pinpoints the key difference between Chelsea's exciting youngsters and the crop of 2010 - Tech Ballad
The former Chelsea star, Joe Cole, has drawn comparisons between the current Blues harvest of exciting young players and those who were in the club in 2010.
The Blues have been highly praised for playing the likes of Fikayo Tomori, Tammy Abraham and Mason Mount this season.
While the hands of Frank Lampard have been tied to some extent to Chelsea's ban on moving, young people have celebrated this term with greater responsibility.
Abraham scored nine goals in 11 appearances in all competitions, while Mount established himself as a first-choice option in an offensive midfielder.
Tomori, in turn, got his first call-up in England in the last few qualifiers, while Callum Hudson-Odoi has impressed since returning from the injury.
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Cole explained the difference between Chelsea's current harvest and the group they had in 2010.
Artists of the caliber of Gael Kakuta, Jeffery Bruma and Josh McEachran were three examples of young players trying to make their way to Stamford Bridge.
This never materialized, with all three players moving into new clubs after years of borrowing moves that didn't see them join Chelsea's first team.
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"About 10 years ago, in 2010, Chelsea had a strong push on young players," Cole told BT Sport.
"Your Brumas, the Kakutas and those were not ready for this, but this group is.
"It took so long before they found a group where they thought" yes "and feel comfortable putting them inside.
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"We thank the boys, they are ready and they are doing it."
All four young British stars are part of the Chelsea team to play the Ajax, with three points on offer that could bring the Blues to the top of Group H in the Champions League.
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