The Chelsea culture war over academy products raged on yesterday, with Mason Mount winning the player of the year award.
You can argue whether or not the players from the Cobham Centre of Excellence are overrated, but the numbers this season don’t lie.
Mount leads the league in both goals and assists – you can’t ask a player to contribute any more than that.
A look at WhoScored gives you even more insight into the dominance of the academy boys in the team this year.
Leaving out Kenedy – whose start yesterday was his only one in the Premier League this season – Chelsea’s three top players in the “Key Passes” category were all Cobham graduates.
Reece James and Mason Mount both average 1.8 per game, while Callum Hudson-Odoi racked up 1.7.
You can argue all you want for fancy signing from abroad – as it stands, the locals are the ones getting the job done.