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Saturday 18 November 2017

AVB: Blues kids coming

ANDRE VILLAS-BOAS has leapt to the defence of Chelsea's youth policy, declaring: "There's a generation coming."

The Blues have spent millions of pounds on their academy but captain John Terry remains the last player to become a first-team regular after coming through the ranks. Roman Abramovich's arrival has allowed the club to hoover up ready-made talent.

That has led to limited chances for youngsters to force their way into the side, something that could soon change.

Villas-Boas said: "There's a generation coming. I think so. I believe so."

Chelsea's youth team have progressed, winning the FA Youth Cup in 2010 for the first time since 1961. However, the side's star, Josh McEachran, 18, has made only a handful of first-team appearances.

He is now on loan at Swansea, but Villas-Boas backed him to return better equipped: "It's fair to say that with his playing time, we will have another vision of his talent coming through within the Premier League."

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