Tuchel should unleash 'impressive' academy star with eight goals tonight

Tuchel should unleash 'impressive' academy star with eight goals for the U23's/U18's this season tonight - TCC View

‘You can’t win anything with kids.’

The words that will haunt Alan Hansen until his death bed.

Chelsea have a chance tonight to prove the former Liverpool defender wrong for the umpteenth time.

Due to an outbreak of positive covid cases in the Blues camp, combined with an equally long list of injuries, Thomas Tuchel has been left with very few senior players to choose from ahead of the Carabao Cup quarter-final game against Brentford.

Luckily for the German coach, Cobham is a hotbed of hungry youngsters just waiting to smash through into first-team action.

Not to waste the resources available, Tuchel invited a whole host of academy graduates to train with the international stars that hadn’t been affected by the virus.

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Xavier Mbuyamba learning from Thiago Silva. N’Golo Kante offering notes to Harvey Vale. Dion Rankine dancing with Reece James.

Yet, there is one teenager who did not have a direct teacher to take instructions from.

Teenage kicks

Bryan Fiabema probably dreamt of playing alongside Romelu Lukaku as a little boy.

When the chance to possibly rub shoulders with the Belgian arose, Fiabema’s eyes must’ve lit up.

Until, of course, he discovered Chelsea’s number nine was isolating and wouldn’t be set free for another few days.

But this is not the worst news in the world for the 18-year-old.

For one, the likes of Mason Mount, Hakim Ziyech and Christian Pulisic can still offer the centre-forward a few tips in attacking.

Not that the Norway Under-18 international needs too much guidance at the minute.

This season, Fiabema has scored eight times for the various academy sides.

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He also grabbed four goals in just two matches during Norway’s latest round of Under-19 European Championship qualifiers.

Put Fiabema in the firing line

So, it’s safe to say he knows where the back of the net is.

A skill he hasn’t shied away from since signing for the Blues last January.

“He has been impressive,” said Chelsea loan chief on his fellow countryman.

Therefore, it only seems logical for the striker to take a stab at Brentford this evening.

After all, he is currently outscoring every member of Tuchel’s squad, including being three in front of Lukaku and Timo Werner.  

With the regular offensive due set to return by next at the latest, there will be few better opportunities for Fiabema to demonstrate his skills than in the upcoming battle with the Bees.

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"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."