Chelsea youngster nominated for award after outscoring all of Tuchel's squad

Harvey Vale has been nominated for the Premier League 2 Player of the Month award after sprinting out the traps for the Chelsea development side.

Vale started the season in sizzling fashion, scoring three goals in as many games for Andy Myers’ team.

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That is two more than any of Thomas Tuchel’s squad has managed so far in the campaign.

A brace arrived on the opening day draw against Tottenham Hotspur, before the teenager earned Chelsea a point at home to Manchester United.

He was involved again in the most recent fixture, a 2-1 defeat to West Ham United, where he assisted the Blues first-half leveller.

The attacking midfielder also played a part in the 5-4 EFL Trophy penalty shoot-out victory over Exeter City.

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All hail Vale

Not content with only living it up for his club, Vale represented England U-19s in an international friendly versus Italy last week.

Deployed in a slightly deeper role, the 17-year-old ensured the Three Lions revenged their senior counterpart’s European Championship final loss with a 2-0 win.

Alongside Vale that day was fellow Chelsea academy star, Jude Soonsup-Bell, who scored England’s second of the afternoon.

There is plenty of optimism from within Cobham’s walls that the talented duo will go on to make good strides in the game.

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A sign of Vale’s quality was his inclusion in Chelsea’s Champions League B list roster for the term.

Whether any minutes in the European competition are coming his way is unlikely.

But, it’s a nod to the player’s abilities he is there in the first place.

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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.