Tino Anjorin shared his gratitude towards Mason Mount and Tammy Abraham for welcoming him into the Chelsea first team.
Speaking to Soccer Bible, Anjorin explained how the Blues duo had helped him settle amongst his senior peers.
The teenager was elevated from his development ranks by Frank Lampard in 2019.
He made his debut that September in a Carabao Cup tie against Grimsby Town.
This was followed by a Premier League appearance six months down the line.
His full duck was broken last season, starting in a Champions League draw with Krasnodar.
Despite a change in manager earlier this year, Anjorin continued his work with the men’s team.
Anjorin thanks his Blues brothers
It is always a sizeable step up from the academy to training with the big boys.
Thankfully, the Chelsea family is tight-knit and accepting of those emerging from the junior camp.
When asked to name the players who were most hospitable, Anjorin picked two currently stationed in Thomas Tuchel’s squad.
“Mason and Tammy – they’ve really welcomed me in and made me feel like one of them,” said the young midfielder.
“I had never played with them at a younger age.
“I don’t think they knew about me when I first started training with the first team but they both came straight up to me and welcomed me in. It was such a nice thing to do.”
Mount and Abraham have been in Anjorin’s shoes before, so they know exactly what their teammate has gone through.
Both eventually broke through into the first team, after going out on loan and plying their trade in different leagues.
Now, the pair are routed within Tuchel’s set-up, although Abraham looks set for a move this summer.