Yet again another Chelsea youngster is getting loaned out instead of being integrated into the team.
Scott Sinclair has patiently waited for his chance, but Roman Abramovich’s policy of buying in top names has practically destroyed any chance of the reserves breaking through, and they generally get loaned out for a few years before being sold.
Sinclair is a prime example. He has had loan periods at Plymouth, QPR, Charlton, Crystal Palace and Birmingham.
At least now he is getting a chance to shine at a Premiership club for a change.
But he still believes that if he impresses during his loan at Wigan he can still break into the Chelsea first-team one day.
He said: “I’m really excited to be here and am looking forward to playing some games and getting involved with the team,”
“I want to get my head down, work hard and show the fans and the manager my qualities and what I can do.
“With it being a loan deal I obviously want people back at Chelsea to see me do well, but I’m really happy that I get to do that at a great club like Wigan.
“I had my first training session today and it went really well. It was great to meet all the lads who have helped me a lot in settling into the club.
“The gaffer’s just told me to enjoy my training, work hard and if I do well enough there will be a place for me in the team.
“All I can do is give 100% in training to prove myself and work hard.
“The manager has spoken to me about how he likes his team to play and all about keeping possession and what his plans are for the club. It’s definitely a club moving forward.”
It seems that other managers value our youngsters more than we do, and even when players like Michael Mancienne plays regularly for the England U21’s, he still doesn’t get the chance at Chelsea.
Is there something wrong there? Why do we even bother spending £5m a year on the youth set-up, when we don’t EVER give any of them a chance to step up?