“It felt like the atmosphere was toxic at Stamford Bridge last season. I know Maurizio Sarri achieved all the goals he was set – and won a European trophy – but as much as I never advocated his sacking, I do wonder whether these kids would have got through had he stayed.

“Circumstance has given Mount, Abraham, Hudson-Odoi, Tomori and James the opportunity of a lifetime. They have the hunger and ambition to make the most of it.”

Sarri was not universally popular amongst Chelsea fans last season, despite guiding the side to a top-four finish and winning the Europa League.

His style of possession-based football was considering boring by many in west London, while he was also criticised for his handling of Hudson-Odoi.

https://www.express.co.uk/sport/football/1184268/-