Chelsea coach Joe Edwards admits some of his FA Youth Cup-winning squad need to make the step up to senior football.
Dujon Sterling, Tammy Abraham and Fikayo Tomori were all on target in a 3-1 win over Manchester City to secure the title for a third straight year at Stamford Bridge.
Abraham has scored 26 goals this season and could follow last term’s prolific young marksman Dominic Solanke in heading out on loan.
Tomori’s talents have not gone un-noticed while captain Jake Clarke-Salter has already made his Premier League debut and been tipped for glory by John Terry.
Jay Dasilva, now a three-time FA Youth Cup champion, has been likened to Brazilian legend Roberto Carlos and appears ready to move up the ladder.
Edwards is now handing over the Blues reins to Jody Morris as he undertakes UEFA’s Pro Licence and monitors the club’s army of loan players next season.
Chelsea have more than 30 such starlets plying their trade across Europe at present and the outgoing boss expects some of his champions to follow suit in 2016-17.
He said: “They have achieved a lot. This is the Under-18 Youth Cup , but a lot of the players have played Under-21 and Under-19 football for a couple of seasons now.
“I’d say there are a few in this group who are ready to step in and have a go at senior football, and that’s what this period at the end of the season is about now.
“We’ll sit down as a group of staff and it’s case-by-case for each player to see what they are ready for.
“If it’s a loan it’s what level? What league they are going to go to? So we’ll sit down and that’s part of the new role I’m looking forward to.
“I’ll be involved with the loan players. So that relationship with some of the youth players, hopefully I’ll be able to maintain it on their journey with them.”
Meanwhile, Solanke’s camp are believed to be demanding assurances over his first-team chances at Chelsea next term and want £50,000-a-week to commit his future to the club.