Cobham looks like they might have done it again.
Very few academies in world football can match the quality of talent that continues to be churned out by Chelsea’s elite school of excellence.
One only has to glance at Thomas Tuchel’s squad to see the fruits of their labour.
Mason Mount, Reece James, Callum Hudson-Odoi, Trevoh Chalobah, Andreas Christensen and Ruben Loftus-Cheek; all established members of the European champion’s contingent.
Look elsewhere across the country and the efforts of those working behind the scenes at Stamford Bridge are evident also.
Conor Gallagher, Armando Broja, Billy Gilmour, Tino Livramento and Marc Guehi have already affirmed their status as Premier League regulars.
Lewis Bate recently made his top-flight debut, but it’s his namesake who’s been impressing slightly closer to home.
All hail king Hall
The past fortnight must be something of a blur for Lewis Hall.
At the beginning of the month, the 17-year-old played his first senior match for Chelsea, starting at centre-back in the FA Cup victory over Chesterfield.
Hall earned great reviews from both his teammates and Thomas Tuchel for such a confident display from a such young player.
He then caught the attention of fans on Twitter, following a fine showing in the FA Youth Cup last Friday.
The teenager featured as a midfielder against Watford, a demonstration of his positional versatility.
Both of these cup outings have accompanied several training sessions with Tuchel’s stellar group.
Initially, Hall’s introduction was mainly in response to the number of first-team absentees due to injury and covid.
Chelsea’s camp is beginning to fill up again, thanks to the return of Kenedy from his loan spell with Flamengo.
However, in the latest round of pictures from the Cobham pitches, it appears Hall has earned his keep and is here to stay.
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