“Development players” – Chelsea’s new policy raises major questions from Rio Ferdinand

Rio Ferdinand has been giving his thoughts on Chelsea’s astonishing 12 months of buying and spending, and it’s fair to say he’s not enthused by the strategy in place.

He pointed out that the club have chopped a huge number of their most established and experienced players and replaced them with callow youth.

That’s all well and good – but have they given up on winning now? Are they now just interested in developing players for the future, or do they actually want to win trophies?

“These players Chelsea are buying for the future, is that their new way of thinking? They’ve sold a lot of experience and are bringing players into the squad who, for me, look like development players,” Ferdinand said on his FIVE podcast.

Let’s hope that this is a one off refreshment of the squad rather than a new policy that will turn us into an English Borussia Dortmund. Those fans who are currently defending the policy because it means the sugar rush of transfers and wonderkids continues for another summer will soon fall out of love with these owners if we genuinely stop competing for the top trophies.

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  1. The policy is ridiculous. It’s fine adding a few of these players into the mix to supplement top quality first team ready players. Instead they have filled the entire squad with young, unproven players from inferior leagues who might well never be good enough. Truly disastrous outcome and can’t see any way back from here.

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