Pearce hits out at Blues

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England Under-21 manager Stuart Pearce has launched a scathing attack on Chelsea's transfer policy.

England Under-21 boss slams 'cherry-picking'

England Under-21 manager Stuart Pearce has launched a scathing attack on Chelsea's transfer policy. The former Manchester City boss has accused the Stamford Bridge side of buying many of the Premier League's leading players before leaving them to rot in their reserves. Pearce saw Shaun Wright-Phillips leave Eastlands in a £21million deal in the summer of 2005 when he was at the helm in the blue half of Manchester. But the England international was never able to establish himself under Jose Mourinho, and eventually returned North after just 43 league starts in three years. Pearce believes emerging players would be better served by continuing their education away from Chelsea, and feels even established stars can fall victim to the strength in depth of the Blues.

Stockpiled

He told The Sun: "If a lad rang me and said 'I'm 16, playing at Crewe and Chelsea have come in for me, what do you think I should do?' I would reply 'stay where you are and play some football with the club you are at'. "I watched Chelsea train last year. I saw Steve Sidwell, Reading's best player from the previous season, and Tal Ben Haim, Bolton's best player from the year before. But neither was in the first team. "So Chelsea have cherry-picked the best players from elsewhere and stockpiled them. That is not right. "I've seen too may players move club, then suddenly their careers seem to grind to a halt."

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