Chelsea-owned youngster Harvey Vale, who’s been sent out on loan this season for the first time, made his Hull City debut on Saturday afternoon.
Vale is a really exciting talent to come through Chelsea’s academy system, so there’s a lot of excitement about what he can do with regular first-team minutes to help his development.
It was a tough introduction to Championship football for the 19-year-old at the weekend, though.
Hull were beaten 3-0 this afternoon on their league trip to Swansea City, leaving them with just 11 points from 10 games this season.
Harvey Vale debut
Vale has made five senior appearances in Chelsea colours, so it’s worth remembering today was only his sixth game of first-team football.
The English attacking midfielder was thrown straight into the Hull starting line-up on the right wing.
He lasted until midway through the second half before being substituted off.
Unfortunately, the teenager’s come in for some criticism from local media, albeit he was playing in a Hull side that struggled across the board during a bad day at the office.
Hull Live wrote about Vale:”Showed a couple of nice touches, didn’t see enough of it in the first half. Headed wide in the second. Lost Manning at the back post for the goal. 4/10″.
Stick with him
Despite a difficult debut, Hull fans should stick with the Chelsea loanee with so much potential.
There’s a reason why people like Ruben Loftus-Cheek have given him big praise in the past.
The youngster showed enthusiasm in patches of his Hull debut, which included jumping on set pieces and trying to drive in possession.
He’ll find out more in the coming months about the ruthless nature of the Championship, so it’ll be a great learning curve for him today.