Photo: 18-year-old trains again with Chelsea's first-team ahead of key CL tie tonight

Harvey Vale looks like he’s truly established himself as a senior member of the Chelsea squad.

On numerous occasions throughout the campaign, the 18-year-old has been spotted rubbing shoulders with Thomas Tuchel’s main group.

His performances for the development sides have clearly caught Tuchel’s eye, providing enough evidence to promote him up a level.

He even earned the German’s trust enough to start in the Carabao Cup quarter-final fixture against Brentford.

Harvey has been given the green light

Vale has since made two more first-team appearances for the Blues in the domestic cup competitions.

The teenager is yet to break his Premier League or Champions League duct, but that could potentially change tonight.

Vale uploaded a photo to Twitter yesterday of himself wearing Chelsea’s European training kit whilst kicking a ball about on the Cobham pitches.

Tuchel’s men take on Lille this evening in the first knockout phase of the tournament they won last May.

Preparations began pretty much straight after the narrow win over Crystal Palace on Saturday.

Clearly, those plans have included Vale, who might well make the bench at Stamford Bridge this evening.

The likelihood of him standing out on the pitch under the lights is extremely slim, yet the thought of being close must be exciting at least.

Vale benefitting from the misfortunes of others

His inclusion in the pre-match functions probably largely boils down to the fitness of certain members within Tuchel’s camp.

Ahead of this evening’s contest, the Chelsea coach spoke about the availability of Cesar Azpilicueta, Callum Hudson-Odoi and Mason Mount.

Whilst Mount and Azpilicueta have returned to training following their minor absences, Hudson-Odoi will not able to face the French outfit due to an Achilles problem.

Where holes need filling, Vale is usually the first person the manager calls.

Better keep that phone on vibrate from now on, Harvey!

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Nathaniel is a football journalist who graduated from the University of Derby. He has worked at Burton Albion as part of their media team for two years. Nathaniel produces 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.