5 Chelsea academy graduate who made their debut under Jose Mourinho. Where are they now?

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Tottenham manager, Jose Mourinho is not known to giving young players the platform to thrive.

He has also shown that he can take a risk with young players if they show they are ready to play at the top level.

The Portuguese manager who had two successful spells with Chelsea gave a lot of academy graduates opportunities in the first-team during his time at Stamford Bridge.

In this article, we will highlight five Chelsea academy graduates who made their debut under Jose Mourinho and where they are now?

 

ANTHONY GRANT 

Anthony Grant born in Lambeth, London joined Chelsea Youth rank in 2000 and made his debut against Manchester United at Old Trafford in 2005, replacing Joe Cole in the ninetieth minute of an impressive 3-1 victory over the Red Devils. 

The 33-year-old England midfielder is currently playing for Swindon Town whom he signed for permanently after an impressive loan spell last season. 

LEWIS BAKER

Lewis Baker joined the Blues’ academy as a nine-year-old boy from Luton Academy in 2005 and was drafted to the reserve team after impressing in the Youth Rank.

Named the Chelsea young player of the year in the 2013/2014 season, Lewis Baker the only appearance for Chelsea came in a FA Cup game against Derby County in 2014.

 

Still age 25, the England midfielder is currently on loan at Trabzonspor from Chelsea.

 

MICHAEL WOODS

A former Leeds United youth player, Michael Woods turned down a scholarship program from the newly-promoted Premier League side to sign for Chelsea in 2005.

Born in York, North Yorkshire, the 30-year-old midfielder made his debut for Chelsea in a FA Cup third-round game against Macclesfield Town at Stamford Bridge in 2007.

In the contest, Woods who is currently with York City replaced Frank Lampard to become the Blues’ fourth-youngest player to ever play for Chelsea at the age of 16 years and 275 days. 

 

STEVEN WATT

Steven Watt joined Chelsea academy in 2002 following series of impressive displays at the Aberdeen Youth Ranks. 

After two seasons in the Blues academy, Watt made his Chelsea debut under Jose Mourinho in a FA Cup game against Scunthorpe United in 2005.

 He also made his Premier League debut against Newcastle United after he replaced Jiri Jarosik with a minute to the end of the game.

The 35-year-old is currently the manager of Hythe Town.

 

BERTRAND TRAORE

The most decorated of the academy products mentioned above, Bertrand Traore rejected Manchester United and joined the Chelsea academy from French Club, Auxerre.

He made his debut for Chelsea under Jose Mourinho in a 4–0 victory over Maccabi Tel Aviv in the UEFA Champions’ League group stage.

The Burkina Faso striker has returned to the Premier League joining Aston Villa from Lyon.

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