Many of you will have read reports in the press today that, shock & horror, Chelsea only have 19 players in their squad.
Well.... 19 players over the age of 21.
How the devil will we cope?
What do you mean I have nobody to pass to!?!
After all we have only notched 9 points out of 9. And conceded none. And scored 14.
Poor old Chelsea!
Seriously though, I gather you today to tell you all not to worry - we don't have a problem with our youth system - even if the press are hell bent on maiming us for our inclusion of only 4 homegrown players.
4 homegrown players over the age of 21.
We are in transition after all. Of course questions will be asked about why on earth aren't youth team players making it to the first team, but it takes time. It is a project.
If you look at the Man United squad the seasons they started including their phenomenal youth product, they were a Man United in transition. Their players were ageing and on their way out the first team.
Man United also bled players into the team, Beckham came long after Giggs, via a loan spell at Preston. It is natural that we will produce more youth product in the future, but you seriously cannot expect a competitive team who has just won their first double to include a mass of inexperienced players.
The major factor is that a whole school of talent suddenly became surplus to requirements with the emergence of the Abramovich era.
Players like Mancienne who had grown up through the youth system all of a sudden had to go from being good enough to a team challenging for the Champions' League to a player good enough to win Championships. Hence why season in, season out he is shipped off on loan.
The youth system has had to be much more cut throat. Di Santo had a chance to impress and quite obviously didn't as he was shipped off to Wigan for a loss. Whereas Sturridge has been signed and is on the cusp of breaking through.
As many have quite rightly commented, Obi Mikel is a good example of this. He has been in the first team since his teens and has been given a good chance to prove himself. It will be somebody else's turn soon, maybe Bruma after his 4-year extension yesterday.
I think it is quite clear that in seasons to come, once we have had a chance to give the youth a chance we will have an exceptional squad full of homegrown talent.
Take one look at the official Chelsea Chat page and you will see that the youth team is spoken about on a daily basis. Evidence enough that they are good enough to get the fans speaking about them and knowing about them - I'm sure the same fans weren't overly aware of homegrown talents like Eddie Newton and Andy Myers before they broke into the team.
So let us look on the bright side and think about the future. We are in transition, and players like Bruma, Van Aanholt, Kakuta, Chalaboah and McEachran are all homegrown talents we will be writing about in years to come.
Keep The Blue Flag Flying High. (For the youth!)