Several members of the Chelsea family flocked on to social media to congratulate Harvey Vale for making his senior debut against Brentford last night.

Dropping the Vale

Thomas Tuchel started the 18-year-old up top in the capital city Carabao Cup quarter-final clash yesterday.

The offensive midfielder had been on the brink of a breakthrough before Wednesday’s 2-0 win.

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His dreams were finally made, as Tuchel named him and two other academy products in the starting XI to face Brentford.

Jude Soonsup-bell and Xavier Simons also deputised for the Blues, giving a big nod to the work being down behind the scenes at Cobham.

All three of the teenagers began the evening right under the spotlight and each gave a good account of themselves.

None more so than Vale, however, who handled his senior opponents admirably.

He almost marked the wonderful individual occasion with a goal, yet could only direct his header straight at Alvaro Fernandez in the Brentford net.

This did not detract from a display that should fill the youthful attacker with plenty of confidence going forward.

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Happy for Harvey

It is certainly a moment he will never forget, thanks to the wonders of social media.

Vale cemented the event in time by uploading a post to Instagram not long after the game had concluded.

There was an outpour of kind messages from so many associated with Stamford Bridge.

Billy Gilmour, who has been in Vale’s position before, sent his congratulations.

Tino Livramento, who would’ve loved to have been in Vale’s position, did likewise.

Trevoh Chalobah featured against Brentford and witnessed first-hand the achievement of his younger colleague.

Other instances of love and support came from former Blues pairing Lewis Bate and Myles Peart-Harris, the latter now actually a member of the Bees’ hive.

Bryan Fiabema said well done to his Under-23s partner in crime, a player who is surely not far from a senior call-up as well.

Now it’s our turn to say congrats… congrats Harvey, here’s to many more appearances!

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