'Very promising': Some Derby fans react as Chelsea reportedly agree to sign their 18-year-old Dylan Williams

Chelsea have reportedly agreed a deal to sign Derby County prospect Dylan Williams – and some fans of the Championship club have reacted to the transfer rumour to claim they’ll be gutted if he leaves.

According to the Evening Standard, Chelsea have agreed to sign the 18-year-old defender this month.

It is understood that he’s being targeted to strengthen the Blues academy teams, so he’s not yet deemed ready for first-team football at Stamford Bridge.

Derby manager Wayne Rooney confirmed on Friday that his club have accepted a fee for the teenager from an unnamed Premier League side, with several reports claiming that to be Chelsea.

Williams, who’s played nine first-team games already in a Derby shirt, has had a brief taste of men’s football. He’s had minutes in the Championship, FA Cup and Carabao Cup already in his short senior career.

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The attack-minded left-back looks set to complete a move to London to compete for Chelsea’s left wing-back position in their academy.

Here are some Derby fans discussing the Williams transfer speculation:

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The amount of success stories to come out of Cobham in the last five years is something for the Chelsea academy to really celebrate.

The Blues have helped some superb young talents over the years, but right now plenty of them are getting the platform to shine in the first-team at Stamford Bridge.

Mason Mount and Reece James are just a couple of the academy graduates starring in Thomas Tuchel’s squad at present. It’s been a delight to see the likes of Harvey Vale and Lewis Hall emerge from the youth ranks this season, too.

If you’re a teenage talent, Chelsea must be an attractive option for you.

It’s encouraging for Derby’s Dylan Williams that the Blues have earmarked him as someone to play their wing-back position, albeit he’ll have to impress in the Under-23s first.

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