'Does so much work': Academy manager says 16-year-old Chelsea prospect does extra after every training session
Chelsea’s under-18s boss Ed Brand has shared that club prospect Leo Castledine always does extra work after training.
It’s been a great week for the Blues under-18s team, winning the Premier League cup final 2-1 against Fulham on Wednesday night.
Castledine, who scored in yesterday’s cup final, has received a glowing verdict from his manager.
The 16-year-old attacking midfielder netted a superb goal against Fulham with a curled effort from just outside the box.
He’s still an extremely young talent trying to work his way up the age groups, but let’s hope he can be yet another from the academy to eventually make the first team at Stamford Bridge.
Brand has given some interesting insight into the London-born teenager, who previously joined from AFC Wimbledon a couple of years ago. Apparently, Castledine always works on his shooting after every training session, which is exactly the kind of mentality that will give him a chance of making it.
“Leo Castledine deserves so much credit [for that goal]… He does so much work after training, extra on efforts like that with Andy Ross my assistant. They probably stay out after every session for 15/20 minutes and it pays off for moments like that. He trusted his technique and it was a fantastic goal,” Ed Brand said.
There’s no doubt all the young Chelsea players in the academy will take massive inspiration when they look at the first team.
Thomas Tuchel’s Blues squad is filled with homegrown youngsters, plus there’s so many currently improving and impressing out on loan this season.
The likes of Mason Mount and Reece James were starring in the academy only a few years ago. Callum Hudson-Odoi, Trevoh Chalobah and Ruben Loftus-Cheek are some more examples to look up to.