Graham Potter has kept 'exciting' 18-year-old in Chelsea first-team training after stars return - The Chelsea Chronicle

Graham Potter has kept 'exciting' 18-year-old in Chelsea first-team training after stars return

Chelsea prospect Omari Hutchinson has been spotted in first-team training at Cobham today.

Football Daily uploaded a video of Chelsea’s senior squad in training, which is a group that includes the star names now back from international duty.

Interestingly, Hutchinson can be picked out with the rest of the squad.

He’s been seen with the senior group, along with plenty of other academy players, in the last few days. It feels quite significant that he’s still there now, though.

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Omari Hutchinson in Chelsea training

Graham Potter’s arrival this month as Chelsea’s head coach must’ve been a big lift to the players in the academy due to his previous success in developing youngsters.

Hopefully, Blues fans will get to see more of their rising stars feature around the main group moving forward.

Hutchinson, who Chelsea signed from Arsenal in July, is a highly-rated attacking midfielder.

The 18-year-old has quickly settled at his new home, scoring twice against Crystal Palace in a Under-21s game before the international break.

For Hutchinson, it must be a major boost that he’s still mixing it with the first teamers following the return of the international players.

Described as “exciting” by Jim Fraser when he signed, Hutchinson is definitely someone to keep an eye on.

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TEAMtalk reported in the summer that Championship club Reading wanted to sign the youngster on loan. However, the decision to keep him around the club may have been a smart one, especially now with Potter in charge.

Everybody will hope that the pathway from the academy to the senior team remains realistic.

Potter will need to find a way of balancing a focus on integrating youngsters alongside the pressure that will be on him to be competitive for trophies across the board.

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Dom is a Chelsea supporter who has worked in online publishing for more than six years. Graduated from Staffordshire University in 2016, he now writes exclusively for The Chelsea Chronicle covering news, analysis and match coverage. He enjoys the dream position of writing about his boyhood club, which seems to be involved in more drama every single day than an episode of The Bill. Aside from his love for Chelsea, he supports and follows the England cricket team. He also fancies himself as the Sunday League version of Michael Essien.