'Better than Hakimi': Some Chelsea fans buzzing to see 21-year-old in pre-season training

Chelsea supporters on social media were delighted that Dujon Sterling had joined up with Thomas Tuchel’s senior squad ahead of next season.

Sterling uploaded a few training-ground snaps from the pre-season camp yesterday onto his Twitter.

The 21-year-old spent last season with the Under-21s, having gained some first-team experience with Wigan Athletic in 2019/20.

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He has been with the Blues since the age of eight and made his senior debut in 2017.

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It now appears Tuchel wants to give him a chance with his group, which certainly pleased a large proportion of Chelsea fans.

Here’s how they reacted to his latest upload:

Many associated with Stamford Bridge will be hoping Sterling can finally breakthrough into the big time.

His development post-academy stage has been stop-start and therefore stunted somewhat.

Under Antonio Conte, he trained regularly with the men’s squad but found his opportunities had dispersed after Maurizio Sarri took over.

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He joined Coventry City then Wigan on loan, yet didn’t properly play for the Latics until late October due to suffering an Achilles injury.

A hamstring problem then kept him out for several months; by the time the right-back had recovered, covid-19 had kicked in.

During the first lockdown, Sterling caught a serious, career-threatening illness. He then contracted covid-19 as well.

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For everything he’s been through, it’s only right he rubs shoulders with Tuchel’s team for the time being.

According to football.london, the defender impressed Chelsea’s manager during the April international break, having already been an admirer during his time at Borussia Dortmund.

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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.