Chelsea take on West Bromwich Albion on Monday, in a game that has virtually no effect on Chelsea’s season, after they won the Premier League at Stamford Bridge against Crystal Palace. Mourinho is still looking for all three points, but he may switch up the lineup to see what some of his youngsters are capable of. Three teenagers that might get the opportunity to step on the pitch with the first team are
- Ruben Loftus-Cheek
Chelsea boss José Mourinho is one of Ruben Loftus-Cheek’s biggest fans. He started him last week against Liverpool, where he flourished. He completed all 27 of his passes before being subbed off for Nemanja Matic in the latter third of the match. Standing at 6 foot 3 inches, he provides a dominant physical force in the midfield. Hopefully Mourinho gives him another nod, and he can show what he is capable of.
- Dom Solanke
The 17 year old Englishman is one of Chelsea’s brightest teenagers. He has been so consistent scoring goals for Chelsea’s youth team that José Mourinho called him up to train with the senior squad. Solanke can play as a striker, winger, or an attacking midfielder, making him one of Europe’s most versatile young attackers. He already made his Chelsea senior squad debut against Maribor in the Champions League, but he will hope to make his Premier League debut against West Brom on Monday.
- Nathan Ake
Nathan Ake isn’t being compared to one of football’s greatest legends for no reason; some call him the next Gullit because of his versatility. He can lineup at left back, center back, or even as a holding midfielder. Ake isn’t Chelsea’s youngest players, but at 21 years of age he still has plenty of time to improve his game.
Hopefully Mourinho can utilize the talent he has on his youth team, especially when the outcome of the match has no meaning to Chelsea’s season. If Solanke, Loftus-Cheek and Ake all perform well on Monday, it could help boost their stock, either push them into Mourinho’s plans for next season or be loaned out to a big club where they can play every week.