Chelsea have finally made use of the plethora of young talent coming through their academy this season. An unprecedented amount of U-23’s have made their first-team debuts and some have even become regulars in the starting line-up.
There is a lot of youthful talent currently plying their trade at Stamford Bridge, but who is the most promising youngster at the club?
It is hard to judge the academy stars who are yet to make any senior appearances, so this will only consider the youngsters currently in and around the starting side.
Let’s start with Fikayo Tomori. The 22-year-old burst onto the scene this season after excelling on loan at Derby County last time out. He impressed early on in the season and was even called up to Gareth Southgate’s England squad. The centre-back has since fallen out of favour, but will no doubt be a key part of Chelsea’s future.
Mason Mount and Tammy Abraham are two more top talents. Like Tomori, they came into the Chelsea side after successful Championship loan-spells. They have both become key-men for Chelsea, the latter in particular. Abraham has scored 13 Premier League goals already this season and has broken the infamous number nine curse.
Another name that must be mentioned is 19-year-old Callum Hudson-Odoi. The winger was gaining rave reviews last season before a cruel achilles rupture halted his progress.
It has understandably taken him time to get back to his best, but he is now beginning to look like the real deal once more. CHO has scored two goals in his last two games and is beginning to get Chelsea fans excited. He certainly has a long and successful career ahead of him.
All of these players would be fair shouts for Chelsea’s most promising youngster, but one man just about edges it. That man is Reece James. The 19-year-old full-back has been a revelation this season and has surely made the right-back spot his own.
He appears to be the complete full-back. Pace, power, impressive link-up play and immense crossing ability, all at the age of just 19. A lot of young players struggle with their end product, but James does not seem to have this problem.
He put Abraham’s goal on a plate for him against Burnley on Saturday and will only get better in the coming years. James has the potential to become one of the world’s best full-backs if he continues to develop at his current rate. He is Chelsea’s most promising young talent.