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There is probably no keen follower of football on this planet that still does not know of the name Rashford. That is how just popular the young lad had become just after two starts which have produced four goals.

He is definitely leading the turnaround of Man United season. Who would have thought that an 18 year-old skinny youngster from nowhere would burst onto the scene and be the Moses for Manchester united? I am sure most didn’t see it coming, not even Van Gaal.

The truth is we have all been taken by surprise at the brilliancy and the maturity this youngster displays.

during the Barclays Premier League match between Manchester City and Manchester United at Etihad Stadium on March 20, 2016 in Manchester, United Kingdom.
Rashford celebrating his goal against Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium

What is even more surprising is that this man is coming from Manchester united, not even Arsenal. But why should we be surprised? There have been certain Wayne Rooney, Ronaldo, Macheedah, Blackett who have broken out this way in time past for the same club.


The only regret Manchester united would have would be on the Paul Pogba. We have had a number of youngsters too this season that have taken all by surprise; Dele Alli is one of such.

When all they needed was opportunity to flourish and display that which they have, they were helped by the positive decision made by the coaching crew of such clubs.

In previous years we have seen Ross Barkley, Oxlade Chamberlain, Calum Chambers, Wilshere, Luke Shaw, Reece Oxford of WestHam, Martin Kelly, Jordan Ibe both of Liverpool, Raheem Sterling, Danny Rose of Tottenham, Iheanacho of Man City as the list goes on and on.

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But did you notice we haven’t mentioned anyone from Chelsea? That is because no one has had a breakthrough from their academy since the days of John Terry who is now 34.

Despite the fact that Chelsea Youth team have won the Youth FA cup three times in four not by sheer luck but by excellent team and individual displays, none of the players have been given a chance in the first team. The best they get often is joining the first team in training.

Chelsea academy remains one of the best academy in England going by the number of potential stars and bright youngsters they have in their ranks. Kasey Palmer, Chalie Musonda, Ola Aina are just few of the outstandingly excellent youth players. Christensen, Solanke, Loftus Cheek remain at the outskirt of the first despite the brilliancy they have shown when given the opportunity. What is wrong with Chelsea?

There was a certain Josh McEachran who we all thought was going to be England’s next big thing after Jack Wilshere, but today he is languishing in third division; that was where Chelsea sent him.

There was a certain Jeffrey Bruma dubbed the new John Terry who had to leave due to lack of playing chances. What of Van Aanholt and Bertrand now at Sunderland and Southampton respectively while Chelsea continue searching for good left back.

Nathan Ake? Tomas Kalas? We can go on mentioning. Tomas Kalas particularly alone kept Suarez  in a top of the table clash two seasons ago only for Chelsea to send him out on loan the following season. Loftus Cheek was a better player than Delle Alli before the later broke out; if given same opportunity.

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I believe Loftus Cheek is still a better player. But now, he would have to be like Dele Alli first. Solanke scored over 40 goals last season, but Chelsea would rather spend 6 million pounds on a certain unfit Pato who has spent two months out of the six without playing a single match while a certain Rashford is doing the damage for Manchester United.

Campbell who is not as good is given the chances at arsenal. Then why not Chelsea?

This question has been and will likely be on the lips of supporters for years to come. Chelsea will come good and be consistent when she finally realizes that the solution to her problem is more at home than abroad.