Chelsea chiefs have high hopes for exciting academy trio being pushed up youth ranks
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The Chelsea academy has furnished the club’s first-team with a plethora of mouthwatering players year after year. The production line appears to be functioning incredibly effectively and is viewed by many as the gift which keeps on giving.
It was the first place Frank Lampard turned to when the Blues were hit by a transfer embargo ahead of the 2019/20 season.
The former boss was forced to put his faith in the club’s youngsters as academy graduates Mason Mount, Tammy Abraham and Fikayo Tomori were all given their big chance to impress.
And things went better than expected.
Despite suffering a 4-0 humbling to Manchester United on the opening day of the campaign, Lampard’s side won eight of their first 12 games.
They went on to finish the season fourth and secure Champions League football, despite their confining handicap.
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Mount is carving out a stellar career for himself in Chelsea colours, while Abraham and Tomori have raised a combined total of £58million for Chelsea after being sold to Roma and AC Milan respectively.
It’s a familiar pattern at Stamford Bridge – and a model which has been put to good use.
Academy players can go on to become world-beaters with Chelsea and John Terry is the perfect example of that fact.
But if the youngsters are deemed surplus to requirements in west London, they can often net the club a handsome transfer fee on their departure just like Abraham and Tomori did this summer.
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Therefore, club chiefs will be extremely excited at the academy’s latest three prospects.
According to The Athletic, club chiefs have ‘high hopes’ for Harvey Vale, Charlie Webster and Jude Soonsup-Bell.
The trio are all just 17 years old, but have impressed so much that they have all been promoted to the club’s under-23s early.
Midfielder Vale joined Chelsea from Fulham as a 12-year-old and has appeared for the Blues in the EFL Trophy in each of the last two seasons.
He notched five goals and five assists in the under-18s Premier League last season.
Fellow midfielder Webster appeared 21 times for Chelsea in the under-18s Premier League last time out, scoring four times and assisting another three.
Striker Soonsup-Bell, who joined from Swindon Town as an 11-year-old, also appeared in the EFL Trophy last season and certainly knows where the back of the net is.
In 16 under-18s Premier League games last season, he scored 14 goals.
The trio clearly have bright futures in the game and the Stamford Bridge coaches will be working hard to ensure they realise their potential.
It remains to be seen whether they will become first-team stars in the future like the Terrys of this world.
But club chiefs are certainly excited. And so the conveyor belt of talent continues to work its magic.
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