John Terry believes the exciting crop of youngsters waiting in the wings at Chelsea are ready to make their mark on the first team. 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."