Giving youth players big money at such a young age can often be a bad thing, and Chelsea need to wary of this, especially after recent events at the club.
Chelsea have decided that after being hit with a transfer ban, they want to merge the youth with the first-team. This will inevitably see more first-team appearances for youth players, and if they perform well they could even be rewarded with big contracts. This is exactly what is happening with Ruben Loftus-Cheek, who after one good season, has recently agreed to a long-term contract worth £150,000 a week.
Giving such a young player so much money at such a young age could ruin them, which in the long run may only harm Chelsea. It means new manager Frank Lampard will have his work cut out to ensure that he keeps the mindset of the young players clear after such a windfall.
Chelsea and Lampard would do well to analyse the situation Arsenal currently find themselves in, and do exactly the opposite. Arsenal are currently hamstrung financially, only having around £40 million to spend in this summer’s transfer market. This is down to the club’s mismanagement in wages, which when mixed with an environment of comfort, has seen the club regress in recent seasons.
As well as the contractual agreement with Loftus-Cheek, it’s being reported that Callum Hudson-Odoi is close to agreeing to a new contract worth around £100,000 per week. Another big contract for a young player, who despite going into the final year of his contract next season, can demand such a salary due to interest from Bayern Munich.
It’s often said that money is the root of all evil, and it could be true for Chelsea next season. Lampard doesn’t want a situation where performances from Loftus-Cheek and Hudson-Odoi drop because they fell comfortable at the club after signing big-money long-term contracts. The 41-year-old needs to ensure he maintains the hunger in their belly’s that saw the two youngsters flourish last season.