Thomas Tuchel’s Chelsea maintained their position at the top of the Premier League table this weekend, scoring SEVEN goals after relegation-favorite Norwich City.
But despite the sparkling scoreline, it was the nationality of those on the scorecard that made the headlines.
England contingent Callum Hudson-Odoi, Ben Chilwell, Reece James and Mason Mount all found their way into the net against the struggling Canaries.
And even the seventh goal, an own own goal was scored by another Englishman, defender Max Aarons.
Mount, who started on the bench against Brentford when manager Tuchel pivoted his side after losing form, returned to the starting XI on Saturday.
And the midfielder made a statement to his boss by not only scoring for the first time in 25 games, but doing it three times.
Fortune also seemed to favor his compatriots.
Chilwell has now scored as much as Manchester United’s Luke Shaw after just one year at Chelsea.
Former Three Lions players Ross Barkley and Ruben Loftus-Cheek stepped in throughout the game and also impressed.
Loftus-Cheek’s latest form has rekindled his chances of staying at Chelsea after a below-par loan transfer to relegated Fulham last season.
So, has owner Roman Abramovich finally cracked the code so he doesn’t have to spend tons of money on foreign players to be successful?
The sky is really the limit for Chelsea to continue to supply local talent.
And that was evident in the Chelsea academy transfer activity.
Rumors have emerged this week that Chelsea are among many other teams vying to sign Charlton’s much-loved junior goalkeeper James Beadle.
The Blues are reportedly keen to bring the 17-year-old to west London to shape him both at Chelsea and at England No.1.
Crystal Palace lender Conor Gallagher is another prime example of Chelsea focusing on local talent, with the 21-year-old making an improved loan move fantastically.
Gallagher has enjoyed excellent loan spells at Charlton and Swansea, before moving to the Eagles so far this season and scoring twice in eight games.
It’s fair to say that he can’t be far from making his debut in Chelsea’s first team.
But it has not always been so.
In previous years, Chelsea were no strangers to supplying players to England’s national teams.
However, the only marquee player to be produced by the Chelsea academy in recent decades was John Terry.
While Frank Lampard and Ashley Cole also formed the England squad for Euro 2012 alongside Terry ten years ago, they were originally from West Ham and Arsenal respectively.
Abramovich has built a reputation for spending large sums on foreign players since purchasing the club in 2003.
But he had always had the desire to create a successful local team.
Now with products from Mount and James Academy, plus Chilwell and co. they are flying.
Just like in 2012, three Chelsea players were included in Southgate’s squad for Euro 2020 – Mount, James and Chilwell.
However, it’s clear that Chelsea have since upped the stakes by making investing in local prodigies a priority.
Even former Chelsea captain Terry has full confidence in Abramovich’s vision becoming a reality, telling fans on Instagram live how much he values one of the rising stars, Mount.
“In my mind he’s a Chelsea and England captain,” he said.
Six of the 18 players selected for the Norwich game were English, while Chelsea’s academy gave Roma and West Ham top talent in the form of Tammy Abraham and Declan Rice.
If Chelsea can regain the title at City this season with a squad full of English players, the future is indeed bright.
And if they do, Mr. Abramovich’s wallet will thank them.