Jose Mourinho is busy building a Chelsea squad for the future as well as for the present, and the Portuguese tactician believes that he has three of England’s most promising home-grown players within his ranks, according to reports in the English press.
The manager has taken it upon himself to provide Isaiah Brown, Dominic Solanke and Lewis Baker with a platform from which their club and international careers take off. The Blues are not especially renowned for nursing English talent through their ranks, but Mourinho is intent on turning that reputation around within the coming years.
‘My conscience is simple,’ said Mourinho, ‘If, in a few years, Baker, Brown and Solanke are not national team players, I should blame myself.’ The club is known for sending promising young talent out on loan, but the manager seems to want to monitor the progress of these three Englishman from closer quarters.
Brown and Solanke have been provided with opportunities during the Stamford Bridge side’s pre-season this year, whilst Lewis Baker is scheduled to be moved into the senior squad for the first time during next season.
‘now I have players who will be Chelsea players,’ continued Mourinho, ‘and when they become Chelsea players, they will become England players, almost for sure.’ The Chelsea boss finished by outlining exactly why that would be the case, and he claims that the club’s best interests demand it to be so. ‘I’m not saying we’re doing it just for English football, because it is also about us,’ he said, ‘Chelsea is seen as a ‘graveyard’ for young talent.’
The manager is keen to rid his club of that tagline, and he sees Baker, Brown and Solanke as the perfect players through which he can do that. It is a shift in approach that could bolster England as well.