The Next Gen: Chelsea’s Rising Stars

The Next Gen: Chelsea’s Rising Stars

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Despite a heavy loss in their first Premier League fixture, Chelsea have a number of up-and-coming stars that could help the Blues take the Premier League by storm.

MASON MOUNT

The under-21 England International impressed Frank Lampard during his time at Derby County and has fast become the new Chelsea starlet. In the Summer of 2017, he went out on loan to Eredivisie side Vitesse and quickly became a key player, going on to win the club’s Player of the Year award.

He joined Chelsea through the academy at the age of six and has climbed through the ranks. Mount made his top-flight debut for the Blues in their opening Premier League game against Manchester United and despite their 4-0 loss Lampard hailed the youngster’s performance.

Mount has an exciting future ahead of him at Chelsea, who are delighted with the his development and dedication to the sport.

CALLUM HUDSON-ODOI

Callum Hudson-Odoi has quickly become a household name across Europe. The 19-year-old teen attracted interest from Bayern Munich earlier this year and rumour had it that a transfer was on the cards but Chelsea F.C., who were eager to keep the talented winger managed to convince him to stay.

Hudson-Odoi had doubts over his playing time, as under Maurizio Sarri he was often benched and that must have been a big factor in him re-signing for the Blues. Unfortunately, he ruptured his Achilles in April and has since been side-lined but he, Chelsea fans and Lampard are eager for his return, which is looking to be soon as he has returned to training.

There’s hope for this young star to ascend to greatness and there’s no doubt he could be a key player for Chelsea and England in the years to come.

TAMMY ABRAHAM

Tammy Abraham rose out of the Chelsea youth system and was a storm on the pitch for Aston Villa during the 2018/19 Championships where he was out on loan. The talented striker is already an England International and his tally of 25 goals in 37 appearances during his time in the Championship resulted in all eyes on him.

During a pre-season game with Chelsea he even scored a goal against Spanish giants Barcelona and is thought to be a real asset for Chelsea this season. In his Premier League debut, he narrowly missed out on scoring for the Blues in their heavy defeat to Manchester United but Chelsea captain and teammate Cesar Azpilicueta sang his praises, insisting that the 21-year-old deserved to be with the team.

Members and fans of Chelsea believe he could be one of Chelsea’s brightest sparks with his physicality and pace.

RUBEN LOFTUS-CHEEK

Ruben Loftus-Cheek was a pivotal member in Sarri’s starting plans and for Chelsea’s 3rd place success in the 2018/19 Premier League campaign. He’s another that came out of the academy and has been with Chelsea from a very young age.

He also plays for England’s senior team. Manager, Gareth Southgate was impressed from his first appearance in the game against Germany during the Toulon tournament, which earned Loftus-Cheek the man of the match award.

He is currently recovering from a severe Achilles tendon injury but will hopefully be returning to the pitch very soon. Both Frank Lampard and Maurizio Sarri have been extremely praiseworthy about the 23-year-old, with Sarri going on to say he is a “more than important” player for Chelsea.

CHRISTIAN PULISIC

Some have deemed the 20-year-old midfielder as the most talented player in America’s soccer history. Pulisic is not only quick on the ball but manages to keep the ball extremely close to his feet, leaving defenders from opposing sides stumbling in his wake.

At Dortmund he made his debut into the first team in less than a year and was quickly labelled as the club’s wonderkid. There is an immense amount of pressure on the young star, given his American background and as his signing with Chelsea makes him the highest paid American football player ever, expectations are high.

Lampard believes Pulisic has a strong and empowering future with Chelsea. Many look at the up-and-coming midfielder as a replacement for long-term star Eden Hazard, who transferred to Real Madrid in the summer. But there’s no doubt that Christian Pulisic will be looking to make a name for himself.

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