Norwegian media outlet VG has reported that Chelsea have made their first signing of the January transfer window. Young Norwegian striker Bryan Fiabema has reportedly joined the Blues on a three-and-a-half-year deal.
The 16-year-old was reportedly in attendance for the 3-0 victory against Burnley on Saturday and met with Lampard and some of the first team players after the game.
The agreement will not be classified as a professional contract until the player turns 17 in February. Chelsea were keen on bringing in Fiabema after he impressed during a period on trial with the club in December last year.
The young striker previously played for Norwegian side Tromso and has featured for the national team’s youth team up to the U-17’s. He will not come straight into the Chelsea first team and is likely to start in the Blues U-18 and U-23 sides.
Fiabema will have a job displacing Chelsea’s current U-23 star upfront. Armando Broja is thriving in the development side, scoring 16 goals in 23 appearances. Whether Fiabema’s arrival suggests a possible first-team call up for Broja is unclear.
The Norwegian youngster is clearly well rated by those at Stamford Bridge. His introduction to Lampard suggests he had something to do with the deal and is yet another example of the new culture in operation at Chelsea.
Young players are finally being given a chance and talented players from around Europe, like Fiabema, are attracted to the club because of it. They will feel they can follow in the footsteps of Reece James and Mason Mount in graduating to the first team.