Chelsea’s integration of their youth players has been a talking point across the Premier League so far this season and manager Frank Lampard deserves immense credit for the faith he’s shown in some inexperienced individuals.
But the likes of Tammy Abraham, Mason Mount, and Fikayo Tomori have repaid the faith massively to become integral first-team players already at Stamford Bridge.
It seems like the Blues production line of talent from the academy will keep going and fans have already had a glimpse of another potential future star.
Marc Guehi has come through the youth ranks in West London and made his first two senior appearances this season under Lampard.
The 19-year-old has played in Carabao Cup fixtures against Grimsby Town and Manchester United, where he’s not looked out of place in the slightest in the first team.
He is a defensive enforcer that caught the eye in the 2-1 defeat to Manchester United and definitely has star quality.
The imposing centre-back is a real powerhouse that can read the game well and is a great passer too like so many modern day defenders.
Guehi will learn so much from being around the squad this season, but Lampard should look at sending him out in January transfer window on his first ever loan.
The England Under-21 international would be such an attractive player for teams in the Championship and regular senior action would improve him massively.
Guehi can look to Chelsea teammate Tomori to try follow in his footsteps, as he’s made the leap from academy player to first-team regular this season.
Tomori previously had loans at Brighton and Hull City, but his spell at Derby County last season was the making of him as a player and he’s not looked back since.
The 21-year-old centre-back has managed to force his way into the Blues XI and also earn a senior England call-up, which is why promising talent Guehi should look to emulate him.