Chelsea prospect Leo Castledine has been pictured in first-team training this week.

Castledine, who’s just 17, is an attacking midfielder that plays in the Blues academy at Cobham.

The London-born teenager is still waiting to make his first-team debut, but he plays regularly at youth level and is now mixing it with senior stars on the training pitches.

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24-year-old Mount is definitely one of the most high-profile players in the current Chelsea squad, and he posted something very interesting on Wednesday.

He’s uploaded on his official Instagram story the image of him and Castledine on the training pitches. The Chelsea and England star tagged the Blues youngster, too.

This type of small gesture from Mount should give a big boost to Castledine, who will surely be dreaming of emulating some of the academy successes at Stamford Bridge in recent years.

The likes of Mount, along with Reece James and Trevoh Chalobah, should inspire the current crop in the academy.

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The Athletic claimed last November that John Terry has been really impressed by the way Castledine looks in Chelsea training.

Therefore, we are not that surprised to see him mixing it with the main group at Cobham a few months later.

Graham Potter’s willingness to include the academy has been one of the big ticks against his name so far, with 18-year-old talent Lewis Hall really coming into his own under him.

However, it must be difficult and off-putting for some youngsters to see such a huge squad of senior players currently working at the Bridge.

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