‘Technically gifted’: Lewis Hall says Chelsea have an 18-year-old gem people need to keep an eye on

Lewis Hall selected Harvey Vale as the one player from the Chelsea academy that onlookers must pay attention to.

During a Q&A on the club’s Instagram page, Hall was asked which of his fellow rising stars spectators should be looking out for.

The teenager, who himself has earned plenty of plaudits recently, had lots of options to choose from.

Chelsea’s finest

Cobham remains a hotbed for emerging talents, despite the exodus of departing players over the summer.

Jude Soonsup-bell has been on the periphery of the first team, even starting in the Carabao Cup quarter-final win against Brentford.

Xavier Simons also made his senior debut that night, another with great potential.

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Then there’s the likes of Xavier Mbuyamba, a former Barcelona product who fans are still waiting to flourish in the first team, and Bryan Fiabema, the free-scoring centre-forward.

However, one name from the development set-up stands out above the rest.

Pick of the bunch

“One player from the academy that people should look out for is Harvey Vale,” declared Hall.

“Obviously, he’s already experienced minutes with the first team.

“He’s a very technically gifted player and he works hard and can play in a number of positions as well.”

Vale has taken extra strides compared to his junior colleagues in recent months.

Thomas Tuchel continues to call him up to train with the main group, earning the 18-year-old several inclusions in matchday squads.

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He was named on the bench in the Champions League away to Malmo and against Liverpool earlier this month.

Alongside Soonsup-bell and Simons, he also started the cup clash with Brentford, then made a cameo in the subsequent semi-final showdown with Tottenham Hotspur.

Away from Tuchel’s team, Vale has captained his age group for both club and country this season.

A mature head on young shoulders; a characteristic that should put the versatile midfielder in good stead for the future.

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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.