Chelsea teenager makes full debut for loan side, helps them to first league win since August

Chelsea loanee Thierno Ballo had a weekend to remember after he helped Rapid Vienna to their third Austrian Bundesliga win of the season.

Ballo started a domestic game for the first time on Sunday since his switch from one capital city to another last month.

Vienna defeated WSG Tirol 5-2, with the Blues academy product lasting 71 minutes.

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Before yesterday’s success, Vienna had not tasted the sweet nectar of three points in the Austrian top flight since August.

That rotten run was finally put to bed, thanks to the help from the Stamford Bridge starlet.

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Unlike many of the players loaned out by Chelsea over the summer, Ballo is only really at the beginning of his development.

The 19-year-old became a Blue in 2018 and quickly established himself within the junior setup.

He managed seven goals in his debut campaign, a return the forward maintained in the subsequent seasons before jetting off across the continent.

Prior to signing for Vienna, the teenager had never set foot in first-team football.

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Now, Ballo is rubbing shoulders with the big boys in Austria.

His recent achievement was not the only positive piece of Chelsea loan army news over the weekend.

Ian Maatsen enjoyed a terrific afternoon for Coventry on Saturday, scoring the Sky Blues fourth in a comprehensive 4-1 mauling of Fulham.

Dujon Sterling ensured Blackpool beat Blackburn 2-1, stretching the Seasiders’ undefeated streak to four Championship matches.

Ethan Ampadu made his full debut for Venezia FC, aiding the Italian’s 1-1 draw with Cagliari.

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Nathaniel is a football journalist who graduated from the University of Derby. He has worked at Burton Albion as part of their media team for two years. Nathaniel produces regular articles for the club’s official website and match-day programme. He covered the 2018 U20 Women’s World Cup in Brittany and has reported from grounds ranging from non-league up to the Premier League.