18-year-old Chelsea prospect has impressed John Terry after training with the first-team

Chelsea youth prospect Dylan Williams has been training with Thomas Tuchel’s first team after making a big impression since his arrival at the club, Goal.com are reporting.

His impressive spell at the club has impressed legendary defender John Terry, after his performances helped keep Chelsea’s U23 side in the Premier League 2.

Williams joined after breaking into Derby County’s first team earlier this season, making six Championship appearances before the Blues came calling.

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The left-back’s performance on the final day of the PL2 season impressed those at Cobham, with Terry making a point to talk to his father, Keith, to express his delight at the start Williams had made.

“After his last Under-23s game at Cobham, which Chelsea won to stay up, I saw John Terry and just said hello to him again for the first time since that day,” Dylan’s father said. “He stopped, walked over to me, shook my hand and told me how well he thought Dylan was doing.”

This success has seen him training with the first team under Tuchel, where he is undoubtedly learning a great deal from established first-choice Ben Chilwell.

Chilwell’s skillset is similar to that of Williams, with the youngster sometimes playing his football in a wing-back or wide midfielder role.

Attacking strengths are almost the main priority when choosing a full-back these days, and Chelsea’s current English pair of Chilwell and Reece James sum that up better than any.

The previously-slated academy system at the club has recently seen a flourish of first-team players develop, with Mason Mount leading a class of stars who have proven essential to the current crop at Stamford Bridge.

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With the aforementioned light at the end of the tunnel in terms of a route to the first team from the academy, the future is bright for Williams.

The club’s first team left-back position is one which could be scarce after this window, with Marcos Alonso and Emerson rumoured to be moving away.

However, a loan deal could be the desired future for Williams before breaking into the first team for good, with him proving he can compete in the Championship potentially interesting a number of sides.

Jack is a football journalist who graduated from the University of Derby. He has freelanced for The Athletic and The Sun. Jack has reported live from Premier League and Championship grounds, whilst also being published in the Non League Paper.