Report: Tuchel a massive fan of 20-year-old Chelsea prospect, he's been on loan all season

Thomas Tuchel is reportedly a huge admirer of Chelsea youngster Tino Anjorin.

According to The Athletic, Tuchel really likes the 20-year-old, despite having not worked together at all really this season.

Anjorin has been on loan since last summer, with a move to Lokomotiv Moscow ending early because of injury.

He then signed for Huddersfield Town, a transfer that’s worked out much better as he prepares for a Championship play-off semi-final.

Tuchel admires Anjorin even though they’ve been apart

Although Anjorin only joined the Terriers in January, he has played a huge part in their push to Premier League revival.

The Cobham academy graduate scored from the spot against Coventry City at the end of April to ensure Huddersfield finished inside the top four.

It was a massive moment for the Englishmen, who has found such joyous occasions hard to come by recently.

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Unlike some of the others raised through Chelsea’s ranks, he wasn’t given much of a sniff under Frank Lampard and only played once for Tuchel.

However, the current Blues boss apparently appreciates Anjorin more than his game time suggests.

With Tuchel expected to challenge for the Premier League, imbedding the youthful attacking midfielder probably wasn’t high on the agenda.

Hence why he was sent out on loan, along with several other talented products, fresh from the club’s construction line.

Covering Chelsea’s loan army

Billy Gilmour went to Norwich City, Conor Gallagher signed for Crystal Palace, Ethan Ampadu moved to Venezia and Armando Broja set sail for Southampton.

Out of the five, Gallagher probably has the best chance of returning to Chelsea once the campaign concludes.

There is great interest in Broja from outside Stamford Bridge, whilst Gilmour hasn’t exactly set the world alight at Carrow Road.

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Like the Scotland international, Ampadu has been battling against relegation in Serie A pretty much all term.

Venezia’s fate could be decided tomorrow, when they travel to Jose Mourinho and Tammy Abraham’s Roma.

Meanwhile, Anjorin might well secure a place in the top flight anyway if Huddersfield make it through the play-offs and sign him permanently.

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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.