Xavier Mbuyamba has shared his excitement after finally making his Chelsea debut for the development squad, eight months after his arrival from Barcelona.
The 19-year-old signed a three-year professional contract with the Blues after a one-year spell at Barcelona.
He has always been rated by the Blues, with the summer 2019 transfer ban the only thing that stopped them from signing him earlier.
Unfortunately, Mbuyamba tore the meniscus in his right knee during his second training session at Chelsea, and the injury had kept him out, until yesterday.
He made his debut in a fine goalscoring performance as a substitute in the Chelsea U-23 side’s 3-1 win over Southampton in PL2 on Monday.
As you can see from the celebration, his teammates were all happy for his incredible comeback.
“The comeback is greater than the setback,” the centre-back wrote on his Instagram after the game.
“This is a mental game, that’s why I have already won.
“Made the Chelsea debut I have been dreaming about for months. With my first goal. What a feeling!”
Speaking before his client’s eventual move to Stamford Bridge, Mbuyamba’s agent Carlos Barros said the Chelsea representatives believe the teenager could break into the first team soon.
“They really think that in one to two years, he can be in the first team,” the agent told Voetbal International in May last year.
Standing at 6ft5 and possessing a great ball-playing ability, it will not be a surprise if he will take part in the next pre-season under Thomas Tuchel.
Such a long absence might have hindered his progress, but a teenager with those physical attributes and potential might just be way too good to ignore.