Chelsea won’t be regarded for having a woeful summer transfer window judging by how active they were in bringing players in, but two players; Declan Rice and James Ward-Prowse seemed to have eluded the Blues.
With the duo having quite a splendid season with their new clubs this campaign, and the West-London side encountering their worst start to the season in years, the Stamford Bridge hierarchy may be ruing their decision to snub their former player or bring in the set-piece tactician, James Ward-Prowse to help solve their goal scoring issues.
According to a report, the decision to not go in for their ex-Academy player, Declan Rice was based off of a new rule by the Chelsea hierarchy to not sign in players from the age range of 25 and above as they aim to build for the long term.
In a bold move aimed at shaping the future of Chelsea Football Club, co-owner Behdad Eghbali, along with sporting directors Paul Winstanley and Laurence Stewart, introduced a stringent “25-and-under” rule for new player acquisitions. The strategy is designed to assemble a talented squad that will remain the core of the team for the next decade.
The directive has had a notable impact on Chelsea’s transfer pursuits, as it effectively ruled out the possibility of pursuing experienced players like James Maddison and James Ward-Prowse.
Both players have enjoyed successful spells at Tottenham Hotspur and West Ham United, respectively, but did not align with the club’s youth-focused recruitment strategy.
Additionally, Chelsea opted to withdraw from the race to sign Declan Rice due to their reluctance to meet what they perceived as an “English premium” attached to the midfielder’s transfer fee. Rice had previously been a priority target under former manager Graham Potter.
Instead of pursuing established stars, Chelsea has redirected its financial resources towards acquiring promising young talents. Notable signings include 21-year-old Cole Palmer and 19-year-old Romeo Lavia. The club also made headlines by breaking the British transfer fee record with the acquisition of another rising star, Caicedo.
While this youth-oriented strategy holds promise for Chelsea’s long-term prospects, it has not translated into immediate success on the pitch.
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