Although their latest trip to Wembley ended in defeat, the FA Cup final reverse to Leicester City was a reminder of the superb work done by Chelsea’s academy system.
Indeed, for the second time in 12 months, homegrown talent Mason Mount led the charge at the national stadium.
It wasn’t quite meant to be for the England midfielder, though his progress for the Blues – and at international level – continues to evoke memories of what John Terry achieved from a similar route.
Plenty of players have progressed through the Stamford Bridge ranks between Terry and Mount.
However, there are several examples of them being released too soon. Here, we take a closer look at seven players who started off at Chelsea, but are now plying their trades elsewhere – in the Premier League and beyond.
The story of Ola Aina at Chelsea runs parallel to the fate of countless other academy products from the club.
Indeed, having initially signed while he was an U11s player, the full-back was handed first-team outings soon after the Blues had won the Premier League trophy in 2016/2017.
Loan spells at Hull City and Torino were also part of the path, while Aina eventually completed a permanent move to Italy two years ago.
Chelsea supporters were offered first-hand insight to his development this campaign, as well, as the Nigerian made over 30 appearances on loan with relegated west London neighbours Fulham.
While the Dutchman forged his reputation at Bournemouth, it was at Chelsea where he was first welcomed to the UK, as a 15-year-old back in 2010.
Nathan Ake was never given a run at Stamford Bridge, though, sealing a permanent transfer to the Cherries in time for the 2017/2018 season – a year on from his successful loan spell there.
Now with Premier League champions Manchester City, the centre-back has had to play second fiddle to the likes of Ruben Dias and rejuvenated England defender John Stones.
Capped 19 times by the Netherlands, Ake made just 17 appearances all-told for the Blues.
Hailed as ‘the next big thing’ during his time at Chelsea, Jeremie Boga signed for the club’s academy back in 2008, despite only being eight-years-old.
An exciting winger, he did progress through the ranks to make a first-team debut against Burnley on the opening day of the 2017/2018 campaign.
However, it proved to be a disaster and the Ivory Coast international was replaced after just 18 minutes following a red card for teammate Gary Cahill.
Boga now plays in Serie A with Sassuolo, where he has made 25 appearances this season.
Now with Championship-bound Sheffield United, striker Rhian Brewster remains something of a curious case.
The 21-year-old, who cost the Blades around £23million last summer, has failed to score in each of his 25 games for them in the Premier League so far – while there have been no assists, either.
It’s a strange scenario for a player who was held in such high regard at Stamford Bridge and then Anfield.
Brewster first linked up with Chelsea as a seven-year-old, before he was poached by Liverpool, although neither of those clubs allowed him a route into senior football.
Similarly to the following player on this list, Eddie Nketiah was first picked up by Chelsea – but it is with another London club that he continues to make his name.
After signing to the Stamford Bridge academy aged nine, he was released in 2015 after coaches declared that he was too small to make it at the top level.
Try telling that to Barcelona captain Lionel Messi…
Nketiah has since enjoyed a number of fleeting appearances for Arsenal, scoring twice this Premier League term, after previously spending time on loan at Leeds United.
It’s been nothing short of a memorable season at West Ham – even if the Londoners have fallen away in their push for an unlikely top-four finish.
Declan Rice has been right at the forefront of that Champions League quest, too.
Having started his career with the Blues, the 22-year-old has emerged as a first-choice pick for England and he has captained the Hammers regularly this campaign.
Released by Chelsea at the age of 14 after joining the club in 2006, Rice was linked with Stamford Bridge 12 months ago and has also emerged as a possible transfer target for Manchester United.
Of course, it was Chelsea’s dealings over Bertrand Traore that saw them handed a much-publicised transfer ban.
He joined the club back in 2013, but was another to spend most of his time at Stamford Bridge elsewhere. Indeed, after time in the Netherlands on loan with Vitesse and then Ajax, the Burkina Faso international eventually left the Blues to sign for Lyon.
Traore established himself as part of the furniture with the French Ligue 1 club – paving the way for a return to the Premier League with Aston Villa last summer.
So far this season, the winger has scored six goals and laid on five assists in 34 top-flight appearances.