Amy Christophers: Why Maurizio Sarri’s appointment means Chelsea could finally give youth a chance


CHELSEA finally confirmed their worst kept secret this week with the appointment of Maurizio Sarri.

So, here we are again, Antonio Conte has left and now the manager merry-go-round continues with the sixth Italian manager the Blues have had.

Maurizio Sarri’s appointment could herald a change in approach towards Chelsea’s youth
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Amy Christophers reckons Chelsea could change their approach to their youth players under Sarri
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Chelsea fans seem to be pretty relaxed about things, considering Sarri is the first full-time managerial appointment made by Roman Abramovich not to have won a major trophy.

Could this suggest a change of tactic by the Russian billionaire?

Perhaps Abramovich has had a eureka moment, in appointing a manager who will adopt a playing style to give Chelsea an identity and one that will make the transition from academy to first team squad a much smoother one.

Abramovich has invested so much into the academy and must be frustrated to see so many young players shipped out on loan to other clubs to gain experience.

Sarri has got to work on Chelsea’s pres-season trip to Australia
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It will be easier for young players to progress from the academy to the first team under Sarri as he improves players within an environment and style of play that suits young, energetic players.

Ruben Loftus-Cheek is a player who could thrive under the guidance of the new Chelsea head coach.

With a reluctance to compete with the spending power of both of the Manchester clubs, the appointment of Sarri could prove to be the most important of the Abramovich era.

That’s not to say the Russian won’t get the chequebook out and chuck enough money at the transfer window to get us some more decent names to add to the roster.

Fresh meat, plus new thinking, typically equates to silverware for the Blues. If it doesn’t then Abramovich will be in search of Sarri’s replacement before he has a chance to say ‘is it too late to say Sarri.’

Ruben Loftus-Cheek has said that he wants the chance to play every week
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Sarri must convince Belgium stars Thibaut Courtois and Eden Hazard to stay
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However, we can’t bring in new stars without having to let some of ours go, and no one wants to see the back of the World Cup’s Golden Glove winner Thibaut Courtois, let alone our star striker Eden Hazard.

Neither does Sarri, but will he be able to sway them to stay, let’s hope so!

Courtois, who only has a year left on his contract and has been upfront about wanting to move back to Spain, will be the biggest bargain of the transfer window if Chelsea let him go for £35m.

But with him rumoured not to want to renew his contract, it’s better than letting him go on a free transfer next summer.

Gary Cahill is also rumoured to want out, this week we have already seen youngster Todd Kane go on loan to Hull City and the Blues narrowly missed out on signing Courtois replacement – Brazil and Roma’s Alisson – to Liverpool.

Billionaire businessman Abramovich hasn’t got this far playing it safe.

Therefore Chelsea fans trust in his choices and welcome this new era for the Blues, not to mention the return of Gianfranco Zola back to the Bridge as assistant first-team coach.

Sarri has brought in Chelsea legend Gianfranco Zola as his No2
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Looking at how many new managerial appointments there have been in Abramovich’s time as owner at the Bridge, and comparing that to the likes of Arsenal, who drifted through a season to season with no real urgency to finish above fourth place, you can see why changing it up has worked.

This season, however, is undoubtedly going to be exciting with Pep Guardiola, Jose Mourinho, Maurizio Sarri and Unai Emery all competing for the top spot.

Guardiola and others highly regard the newest manager to the Premier League for how his teams play.

High pressing and quick passing, Napoli consistently played some of the best attacking football in Europe for the past few years.

Sarri hasn’t won anything though, so it goes completely against the thinking of Abramovich in the past.

It could go all wrong but either way, we are in for one hell of a ride!

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