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Former Palace full-back Gordon warns Chelsea starlets - 'Will they get a chance under Conte?’

Dean Gordon has expressed his reservations regarding whether Chelsea starlets will ever earn regular first team football at Stamford Bridge.

Chelsea certainly possess a number of talented young players in their squad and the likes of Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Lewis Baker, Nathaniel Chalobah and John Swift all showcased their talent in the recent Touloun Tournament, where they played a big role in helping the England U21team claim the title.

Despite their exploits in France though, former Crystal Palace full-back Gordon, who won the 1994 tournament with England, is skeptical regarding the promising youngsters receiving regular first team football at Chelsea in the foreseeable future and has urged them to consider move to a club where they will earn minutes on the pitch.

Gordon told The Sun: "Will any of them get a chance under new manager Antonio Conte next season?

"These lads are now coming to a stage of their careers when they have to think about playing first-team football.

"I left Tottenham when I was a youngster because I wasn't getting a chance. I joined Palace and ended up having a career.

"Whereas most of the boys who were supposedly above me at Tottenham at the time never got their chance — and ended up drifting out of the game."

Andrew Slevison
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