Graham Potter heard praising 18-year-old Chelsea youngster in training, he’s part of the first team now

Graham Potter has been heard issuing praise to Chelsea youngster Lewis Hall as the Blues not at the World Cup return to training.

The 18-year-old has seemingly made the switch over to the first team permanently, after a couple of appearances for the side before the season break.

He was Chelsea’s best player on the pitch against Manchester City in the League Cup, despite admitting himself that he should have scored in the first half.

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Nevertheless, he took his good form into a Premier League debut later in the week against high-flying Newcastle.

With injuries continuing to plague Ben Chilwell’s time at Stamford Bridge, and a combination of illness and poor form seeing Marc Cucurella’s life at Chelsea not be perfect so far.

This has perhaps accelerated Hall’s rise to the first team, with him reporting for first team training amongst the stars who are not at the international tournament right now.

Hall receives praise from Potter

It appears things have started well for the youngster, with Potter heard acknowledging his good work in a video uploaded by the club to Twitter.

Hall’s drastic rise in fortunes should be encouraging for some of the other youth products at the club who are hoping to make the step up in the coming months.

Omari Hutchinson is certainly one of these players, having been part of the matchday squad on a number of occasions this season.

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Despite being on the bench in both the Premier League and League Cup, he is yet to feature for the first team.

He has been brilliant for the youth side, who have gone on quite the run in recent months.

Hall in particular though will be hoping that a return to fitness for his compatriot Chilwell will not see his chances in the first team completely dry up.

Jack is a writer for The Chelsea Chronicle. He has been a part of GRV Media since June 2022. He has a First Class Honours degree in Football Journalism from the University of Derby, graduating in 2021. Jack has experience working freelance for The Sun and The Athletic, whilst also being published for the Non-League Paper and reporting for Burton Albion's academy side. He is a lifelong Chelsea fan and will debate with anyone about everything and anything football related. He also holds a passion for gaming and music, and thinks he knows every word to every Oasis song ever released