Chelsea starlets Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Ethan Ampadu told to LEAVE: Blues slammed by ace

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CHELSEA starlets Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Ethan Ampadu have been told to leave the club as they will not get a chance.

The Blues are notorious for failing to provide a platform for their youngsters to play.

Despite a long list of top young players, there has yet to be a breakthrough star – although some are knocking on the door.

Andreas Christensen was a regular under Antonio Conte last season but after the Italian was sacked, the Dane has yet to play.

Callum Hudson-Odoi starred for Chelsea during pre-season but has not played since, however, he is still only 17.

But the likes of Loftus-Cheek and Ampadu are already fully fledged internationals for England and Wales respectively.

However, they cannot break into the Chelsea first-team yet – and former Liverpool striker Peter Crouch has advised the duo to get out whilst they can.

He told the Daily Mail: “Not many young players made an impression on me like Ruben Loftus-Cheek last season.

“I played against him twice and the second time, in particular, stands out.

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Chelsea star Ruben Loftus-Cheek has made one appearance so far this season for the Blues
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“He was like a machine, a big, strong powerful lad who could burst away from you in a flash.

“I want to see him do well and become a big player in the Premier League, as well as for England so it was disappointing to read comments this week in which he said Maurizio Sarri has told him he needs to understand the game before he can get into Chelsea’s team.

“This is the problem all young players are facing now and I’m not sure it’s a problem that is going to be solved any time soon. In order to get to the top, Loftus-Cheek needs prolonged experience in teams who are playing at the top.

“But ask yourself why a manager like Sarri would prioritise educating a young lad when he has to get results instantly?

“Sarri knows he is under pressure to deliver results and if he doesn’t his job is on the line. Why would he prioritise helping a young player if he might not reap the benefits?

“I’m not criticising Sarri, as he is not the only manager who wants ready-made performers.

“Yet it is increasingly frustrating to see the likes of Loftus-Cheek and Ethan Ampadu, his team-mate at Chelsea who sparkled for Wales last week, kicking their heels on the sidelines when they clearly have ability.

“Joe Allen, my team-mate at Stoke, has been raving about Ampadu and you could see why when he played against the Republic of Ireland in Cardiff.

“All our top players in the past were playing in the Premier League in their late teens — think Michael Owen, Wayne Rooney and Steven Gerrard — but it now looks more and more that the only way this young generation will prosper is by going on loan. I wish it could be different.”

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