Chelsea supporters were jumping for joy when they learned that Lewis Bate had travelled with the Chelsea first team for their FA Cup tie against Barnsley.

Bate was among several other development players who had been integrated into the senior squad prior to tonight’s knockout fixture.

Nizaar Kinsella broke the news that Bate would be part of the trip to Yorkshire and Chelsea fans struggled to contain their excitement.

Tino Anjorin, Tino Livramento, Henry Lawrence, Levi Colwill and Jude Soonsup-Bell were also involved in training but only Bate and Anjorin made the final cut for the cup adventure.

Still only 18-years of age, Bate has been a Blue for almost half of his life but is yet to make a start for the first-team.

He is now on the brink of featuring for his boyhood club having risen through the academy ranks.

His contributions towards Andy Myer’s Under 23s side and their push for the Premier League 2 trophy had been duly noted by Tuchel.

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KINGSTON UPON THAMES, ENGLAND – DECEMBER 14: Lewis Bate of Chelsea and Jack Clarke of Tottenham Hotspur during the Premier League 2 match between Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur at Kingsmeadow on December 14, 2020 in Kingston upon Thames, England. (Photo by Justin Setterfield/Getty Images)

The pinnacle of Bate’s season so far was being named PL2 Player of the Month for January. However, that will undoubtedly be eclipsed if he makes his senior debut tonight.

Tuchel confirmed he would be making changes to his line-up, therefore Bate has ever chance of achieving his ultimate goal.

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I thought Tuchel didn’t promote youth? He is certainly going the right way about earning a Christmas card from me this year.

I think if Bate does get minutes later, they will probably be limited. But he won’t care in the slightest.  

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