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‘Why buy Bakayoko when you have Loftus-Cheek?’ – talkSPORT host blasts Chelsea’s transfer policy

Tiemoue Bakayoko arrived this summer while Ruben Loftus-Cheek went out on loan

Saturday, November 11, 2017

talkSPORT’s Jason Cundy has singled out the recruitment policy of his former club Chelsea as the key reason behind the lack of opportunities for academy players such as Ruben Loftus-Cheek.

The 21-year-old made his senior international debut for England and Friday night against Germany and earned rave reviews after producing a man-of-the-match performance.

Gareth Southgate had four Chelsea academy products at his disposal, with Tammy Abraham, Ryan Bertrand and Jack Cork featuring alongside Loftus-Cheek.

But with Loftus-Cheek and Abraham currently out on-loan and Bertrand and Cork no longer attached to the club, first-team opportunities remain rare at Stamford Bridge.

And Cundy believes the success that has coincided with Roman Abramovich’s arrival in 2003 has been to the detriment of young players in west London.

“It’s about opportunities and young players need opportunities,” Cundy told the Weekend Sports Breakfast show.

“And unfortunately my club – it’s the biggest failing since Roman [Abramovich] has come in – has not produced a young player that’s come through the academy.

“And any fan will tell you that’s what you want to see. You want to see someone wear that shirt that represents you, that knows that club and comes through the academy system.

“People say Chelsea’s academy doesn’t work. Four players played yesterday that came through Chelsea’s academy.

“The academy system works, where it stops and where it fails, is the path from the academy and the players who are out on-loan – into the first team.

“And it’s going to be blocked if you're going to buy players like [Tiemoue] Bakayoko.”

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