Some Chelsea fans praise Dion Rankine display for Under-19s

Some Chelsea fans praise ‘excellent’ teenager as their Under-19s win 4-2

Chelsea’s Under-19s side produced a superb comeback performance to beat Malmo on Wednesday afternoon – and some Blues fans on Twitter were left raving about the display of their youngster Dion Rankine.

The Blues ended up beating Swedish opposition Malmo 4-2 at Kingmeadow in a UEFA Youth League clash. However, it was far from straightforward. 

Visitors Malmo had a two-goal advantage early in the second half and it’s hard to argue they deserved anything less due to some of their eye-catching football. They went into a 2-0 lead courtesy of a brace from Isak Bjerkebo inside the opening hour.

The response from Andy Myers’ young Chelsea team was emphatic, though. 

Rankine, 19, was the player that sparked the revival. The teenage right wing-back scored a breathtaking goal that he curled into the top corner on his left foot.

Xavier Simons equalised in the 69th minute before Bryan Fiabema headed the Blues ahead inside the final 15 minutes. Finally, Silko Thomas wrapped up the scoring in the 89th minute.

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Chelsea fans wowed by Dion Rankine

A selection of Chelsea supporters on social media credited their upcoming star Rankine as a real standout performer today.

In fairness, it was a difficult match for the Blues defence for much of the game. 

Rankine showed what he offers going forward from a wing-back role, scoring an outstanding individual goal.

His energy, pace and directness makes him an eye-catching player to watch.

There are plenty who are hoping he can follow in the footsteps of players like Reece James and Mason Mount.

Here are some Blues fans discussing Rankine’s performance:

Up next, the senior teams of Chelsea and Malmo meet at Stamford Bridge tonight. Here is our predicted Blues XI for the 8pm fixture.

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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.