John Terry believes the exciting crop of youngsters at Chelsea are ready to make their mark.
Blues skipper backs promising stars to shine
John Terry believes the exciting crop of youngsters at Chelsea are ready to make their mark on the first team.
The Blues have enjoyed considerable success at academy level over recent years, proving that they have plenty of promise waiting in the wings.
Those young stars are now starting to blossom and are beginning to press hard for a place in the senior ranks.
The likes of Jeffrey Bruma, Gael Kakuta, Patrick van Aaholt and Daniel Sturridge can all boast first-team experience and are keen to tie down regular roles.
Club captain Terry sees no reason why the stars of tomorrow cannot make an impact today and fully supports the policy of giving them game time in Carling Cup clashes such as Wednesday's meeting with Newcastle.
"We have a great squad of players mixed with some very good young players who are making their mark on the team," Terry said.
"These opportunities are not only great for them but also for our youth system and credit goes to everyone working hard in the academy.
"The manager has spoken about the importance of strength in our squad this season and competition for places is always a good thing."
Terry is likely to miss the midweek meeting with the Magpies, as he continues his recovery from a rib injury, but he will be an interested spectator.
With Chelsea having burst out of the blocks this season, able to boast a 100 per cent record, he is keen to see Carlo Ancelotti's men push on and maintain those impeccably high standards.
"We've started well, we're passing the ball with confidence at the moment and getting at teams in behind when we can," he added.
"But the important thing is we don't stop doing these things because while a good start is obviously important, it is going to come down to consistency at some point and we know all about that from experience here."