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.
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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