Baba Rahman trains under Guus Hiddink for the first time

Guus Hiddink gets down to business as Chelsea boss takes squad for first full training session after replacing axed Jose Mourinho

Abdul Baba Rahman has trained for the first time underCheslea interim manager Guus Hiddink since the Dutch man replaced Jose Mourinho at Stamford Bridge.

Hiddink, 69, returning to west London after a seven-year absence, could be seen chatting to assistant boss Eddie Newton on Tuesday as he put the first team players through their paces on Tuesday afternoon.

Hiddink, who is tasked with improving the champions' woeful Premier League form, has been instructed to play more of the upcoming youth stars by club officials.

There was major frustration within the club’s hierarchy about the lack of academy players that made the breakthrough during Jose Mourinho's reign.


The axed Portuguese coach was expected to give a number of the club's best kids - in particular Ruben Loftus-Cheek - more game time this season.

But his apparent reluctance to play the most promising youngsters was a factor behind the decision to sack him.

And Hiddink will now be expected to give the likes of Loftus-Cheek, Ola Aina and Charly Musonda Jnr more game time between now and the end of the season, particularly if hopes of securing a top-four spot fade even further.

Roman Abramovich remains committed to making a success of Chelsea's academy and Hiddink has been tasked with grooming the club's most promising stars for the next manager.

Chelsea are desperate to strengthen their homegrown options and believe promoting talent from their academy is the best way to do that.


There is particular angst at Stamford Bridge about the way Romelu Lukaku and Kevin De Bruyne were allowed to leave by Mourinho given the pair have both gone on to prove themselves in the Premier League with Everton and Manchester City respectively.

Indeed, Abramovich is convinced there is plenty of talent in Chelsea's youth set-up and Hiddink will play a key role in helping to bring the club's stars of the future to the fore.


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