Talented academy player has left the Blues to join Championship side

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Cobham graduate Dion Rankine has left Chelsea on a three year permanent deal with Wigan Athletic. The winger joined Chelsea academy at the age of 14 and played most of the games of Chelsea Under 14 team.

Next destination for Dion

According to The Chelsea Chronicles Championship side Wigan Athletic has officially signed the player on a permanent deal. After playing multiple games for Chelsea Under 14, he was loaned out to a Championship side called Exeter City where he made 36 appearances.

In Exeter City he has performed really well under the managing of Gary Caldwell where he scored his first senior goal against Reading FC.

It is being said that Wigan Athletic has offered a three year contract to Dion which includes his signing bonus, wages, etc. The player has left Stamford bridge and he has joined Wigan Athletic on a free transfer. He is excited to meet Shaun Maloney’s squad. This will be the third summer signing for Wigan Athletic because they have already signed Calvin Ramsey and Michael Olakigbey.

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After joining Wigan Athletic in a three year permanent deal Rankine has spoken about his feelings on joining the club.

He said,

I’m so excited to be here. It’s been in the works for a while, so I’m really excited to be here and get the deal done – I can’t wait to get out there in front of the fans now. It’s the right step for my career. I feel like I’ve got a really good opportunity to progress and develop, and I just want to play the best football that I can here.”

Attributes of Dion Rankine

The young English winger started his career at Cambridge United. From there he joined Chelsea academy at the age of 14 and he trained hard to become a talented professional footballer.

Every season, numerous talented players flourish from Cobham academy. Some of them get chance into the first team but some players are sold or loaned out. Players who perform well in their loan spell, are brought back and given chances in the first eleven. For example, Cobham academy talent Recce James performed well in his loaned spell at Wigan Athletic. That’s why Chelsea called him back and included him in the first eleven.

And now Recce James is one of the best right backs in the world. Other than James, several others academy talents were also brought to Chelsea in the same way. This list includes Conor Gallagher, Ruben Loftus Cheek, Tammy Abraham, Levi Colwill, Mason Mount and many more.

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The young Cobham graduate is known for his blistering pace and sharp finishing ability. He can play as a winger and as a full back. Although he is a talented player, but Chelsea was unable to give him a chance in the first eleven. This unfortunate event occurred due to lack of space in the team.

The team is filled with multiple talented players who were bought for millions and millions of euros. For each position there are at least two players. In other words two players are competing for a single position. New players can’t be included in this squad.

Situation at Chelsea

No club wants to loose their talented players. Especially when the player is nurtured at the academy, it is really difficult to loose them on a free transfer because it will affect the future of the club.

In Chelsea, they have already signed a lot of young talents, but now they need to integrate them properly into the squad. The coach has to be more decisive in his decisions because there are a lot of players who want to play for Chelsea. But he has to decide whom to include in the starting eleven and whom to bench.

At this moment, Chelsea need to generate a significant amount of money from player sales. But they are not able to do it because of these kinds of free transfers are happening.

As featured on ChelseaNews.com

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