Lewis Hall really does have the attributes to remain part of the Chelsea furniture for some time.

The 18-year-old is assured in possession, can pass with precision, knows how to tackle and can foray forward when required.

His versatility makes him a managers’ dream, having played at left-back for the first-team despite spending most of his career as a central midfielder.

However, last night’s loss to Fulham highlighted a few key issues Hall must resolve if he is to stay put in the senior squad’s starting XI.

He was largely at fault for the first goal Chelsea conceded at Craven Cottage.

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Having initially won the ball back, the defender attempted to dribble up field on the edge of his area.

Instead, the teenager found his pathway blocked by a Fulham player and thus unintentionally sprung an attack for the hosts.

Bobby Decordova-Reid’s cross picked out Willian, who in turn found the bottom corner via a deflection off Trevoh Chalobah.

Whilst this was a major learning curve for Hall, perhaps the class he must pay attention to most is that of finishing school.

Lewis Hall misses out at being hero against Fulham

Chelsea could’ve been 1-0 up inside two minutes had their academy graduate pulled his shooting boots on.

With just under 180 seconds the clock, Hall had a great chance to send the away side into an early lead.

Great wing work from debutant Joao Felix ended with Kai Havertz laying the ball off to his young co-worker, who could only slam his effort from close range straight into Bernd Leno.

Potter’s men carved a few more openings after this moment, but it was Fulham who took the lead through Willian.

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But the Blues kept plugging away, and Hall nearly made the breakthrough had he connected properly with his shot.

Cesar Azpilicueta’s cross landed at the feet of the youngster, who rather shinned his volley into the palms of Leno.

A cleaner hit would’ve surely rippled the net; it was a pretty dirty try in all honesty.

More loose shots from Lewis

Unfortunately, this is not the first time Hall has been guilty of squandering golden opportunities at important moments in matches.

He was wasteful in the Carabao Cup loss away to Manchester City, with two big breaks missed either side of the interval.

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Hall also blazed over the bar with City only a goal ahead in the subsequent Premier League meeting at Stamford Bridge earlier this month.

Even the player himself admitted he needed to work on his finishing following that cup exit.

Maybe you should take your own words of advice, Lewis.  

"Nathaniel is a football journalist who graduated from the University of Derby. He worked at Burton Albion as part of their media team for two years. Nathaniel produced regular articles for the club’s official website and match-day programme. He covered the 2018 U20 Women’s World Cup in Brittany and has reported from grounds ranging from non-league up to the Premier League. Nathaniel is a full-time writer for the Chelsea Chronicle, and was formerly their social media man. His footballing career reached the sparkling heights of winning the Under-13s Bloxham Tournament in 2011."