Some Chelsea fans want 18-year-old prospect to play against Aston Villa

'Deserves to start': Some Chelsea fans want 18-year-old prospect to play again tomorrow

Chelsea travel to Aston Villa tomorrow for a Boxing Day showdown – and some Blues fans on Twitter are desperate to see young prospect Harvey Vale play in the first team yet again.

Vale was handed his senior debut this week in the 2-0 win against Brentford in the Carabao Cup quarter-finals. In addition, Chelsea talents Jude Soonsup-Bell and Xavier Simons were also promoted from the academy to earn their debuts.

Vale, 18, has been one of the star players in the Blues Under-23s squad this season, so it’s no surprise to see him drafted into Thomas Tuchel’s squad when they were down on numbers.

He’s a versatile left-footed star that can play in most midfield or attacking positions, as well as at wing-back if needed.

The English teenager slotted into an offensive role successfully against Brentford and was arguably the brightest of the debutants. He looked extremely confident in possession, too. Afterwards, he received plenty of praise on social media from the Chelsea family.

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Big ask to hand Vale another Chelsea start

Yes, Vale looked fairly comfortable on the ball against Brentford and there is serious competition for places in the final third right now at Chelsea.

However, the 18-year-old would be up against it if asked to start against Villa. Steven Gerrard’s Villa are in decent form and have some brilliant individuals.

A selection of Blues supporters on social media want their rising star to get a second consecutive appearance. It would be a Premier League debut if he got the nod from Tuchel, too.

He definitely deserves to be around the first-team group more regularly after his showing, so perhaps tomorrow is an ideal time to put him on the bench when senior players are still returning to fitness.

Here are some fans that want Vale starting, though:

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Dom is a Chelsea supporter who has worked in online publishing for more than six years. Graduated from Staffordshire University in 2016, he now writes exclusively for The Chelsea Chronicle covering news, analysis and match coverage. He enjoys the dream position of writing about his boyhood club, which seems to be involved in more drama every single day than an episode of The Bill. Aside from his love for Chelsea, he supports and follows the England cricket team. He also fancies himself as the Sunday League version of Michael Essien.