'Has been good to me': Harvey Vale names the 22-year-old Chelsea player who has really helped him in training
Chelsea youngster Harvey Vale says Kai Havertz has been a big help to him since he joined first-team training.
It’s great to hear that 22-year-old Blues attacker Havertz helps Vale around the club.
Havertz is still a relatively young player himself at Stamford Bridge, but is a £71million star with a lot of pedigree. It feels like him and Mason Mount are the kind players Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel can really build the team around moving forward.
Havertz helps Vale
Vale, 18, has been a breakout individual at Chelsea this year that’s looking to be the next big talent out of Cobham.
The attacking midfielder was rewarded with the club’s academy player of the season this month, which is an award won by the likes of Mount, Reece James and Conor Gallagher in recent years.
He’s a left-footed teenager that’s been a key player for a Blues under-23s side that narrowly avoided relegation in the Premier League 2 division.
Tuchel clearly likes him, giving him five senior appearances this campaign and including him in first-team training, so the future looks very bright for Vale.
It’s massive when senior players help he transition over from the academy.
“Kai [Havertz] has been good to me. We sort of play similar positions, so he’s told me to stay humble, keep my feet on the ground, and keep working hard just like he did,” Vale said.
Vale previously said Chelsea midfielder Ruben Loftus-Cheek is another to really help him this year.
The path from the academy to the senior squad has never looked as strong as it does right now.
There were doubters who were worried Tuchel would turn away from using the club’s academy, but it’s been great to see him pick out some rising talents.
It’s a big help for youngsters stepping into the senior fold to see so many players that have made the exact same journey.