Jody Morris has praised Chelsea youngster Lewis Hall after he made his senior debut on Saturday against Chesterfield.
Hall, 17, was called up to the Blues first team this evening to play in the FA Cup third round tie at home to non-league Chesterfield at Stamford Bridge.
Thomas Tuchel decided to give the English teenager his first-team debut by including him in the starting XI.
Despite being a midfielder by trade, the versatile academy graduate excelled as the left-sided centre-back in a back three system. For example, he assisted Lukaku’s goal with a great low cross into the penalty box.
Premier League giants Chelsea avoided a major cup upset by winning 5-1 at the weekend, with five different players scoring for the hosts. Timo Werner, Callum Hudson-Odoi, Romelu Lukaku, Andreas Christensen and Hakim Ziyech were all on the scoresheet.
Ex-Chelsea assistant Morris reacted on Twitter during Hall’s Chelsea debut and included a special mention to current manager Tuchel:
Chelsea academy in golden period
Chelsea’s youth system yet again provided someone today to step into the first-team with ease.
Admittedly, Hall made his senior debut against a Chesterfield side sat top of the fifth tier in English football.
However, he was arguably his team’s man of the match in front of a packed out Stamford Bridge audience that were closely examining him. The fact he looked so comfortable on the ball when playing out of position was majorly impressive, too.
The Blues keep producing talented youngsters that are getting a chance under Tuchel just like Morris mentioned.
It’s a tall order for some of the current academy stars to try replicate the likes of Mason Mount and Reece James. It’s brilliant for everyone associated at the club to see players like Hall getting opportunities still, though.
With injuries and illnesses constantly striking the squad this season, Hall’s performance suggests he’s ready to step up if needed.
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