The Chelsea Academy Class of 2018

July 4, 2018

It’s the dawn of a new era for Chelsea’s Under-18s, but it’s revolution rather than evolution as we welcome the 2018-19 campaign with a fresh batch of academy scholars. Jody Morris has taken the next step of his career at Derby County, alongside Frank Lampard, and has been replaced by Andy Myers. A former academy player himself, Myers came through the ranks to make more than 100 first-team appearances for…


The Loan Report: Season Review

May 27, 2018

Europe’s most notorious loan empire has just finished another record-breaking season, but it might also be on the verge of finally downsizing. Over the past ten months, 39 players have played more than 80,000 combined minutes over 1050+ matches, scoring 99 goals, keeping 37 clean sheets, winning titles, securing promotion, lifting cups, and experiencing the heartache of relegation. It’s a familiar story to regular readers of the Loan Report, with…


Academy Season Review: Development Squad Ups and Downs

May 26, 2018

The contrast between the joyous excesses of a Chelsea Under-18s and the harsher learning curve some of those players then go on to experience at Development Squad level remains a stark and very real one. That isn’t to say that the Dev Squad aren’t successful in their own right; a Checkatrade Trophy Semi Final run and another trip to the UEFA Youth League Final means the 2017-18 season was impressive…


Academy Season Review: Record-Breaking Under-18s

May 25, 2018

From any angle you look at it, however you frame it, Chelsea’s Under-18s have surpassed any hyberbole or superlative with what they have achieved over the past five years. Five consecutive FA Youth Cups, four consecutive Premier League South titles, two national Premier League titles, and the inaugural Premier League Cup. Record-setting winning streaks, goalscoring totals, clean sheet tallies, an unbeaten home record spanning more than three years; the list…


The Loan Report: May 14-20

May 20, 2018

Mason Mount took Vitesse to the brink of Europa League qualification. Matt Miazga helped them over the line. We begin the final Loan Report of the season with a look at how the Arnhem club secured UEFA competition football for 2017-18. Headliners For much of the season it looked as if Vitesse’s Europa League experience this term was to be a one-off; sinking lower and lower in the league under…


The Loan Report: May 7-13

May 13, 2018

Mason Mount is intent on dragging Vitesse back into the Europa League next season, whether he’ll be at the Gelredome again or not, and demonstrated as much with an unstoppable week of football. Headliners Vitesse’s sixth-place finish ensured they would take part in the Eredivisie’s four-team playoff for the final Europa League Qualifying Round berth. A two-legged Semi Final against ADO Den Haag was up first, and Mount was simply…


Development Squad: Liverpool 5-1 Chelsea

May 8, 2018

Chelsea’s Development Squad campaign came to a disappointing end on Tuesday night as they were resoundingly beaten 5-1 by Liverpool at Anfield. Two goals apiece from defender George Johnston and forward Yan Dhanda plus a fine individual goal by Bobby Adekanye put Joe Edwards’ side to the sword in a match where their defending was suspect, and finishing not up to standard, with Martell Taylor-Crossdale coming off the bench to…


The Loan Report: May 1-6

May 6, 2018

Several leagues reached their conclusions this weekend, and several players said their goodbyes after loan spells, but there’s still plenty of football to be played. We’ll start at Vitesse, who have a lot still to play for. Headliners Their final league fixture of the season away to Willem II saw them fighting for position in the Eredivisie’s Europa League playoff race. They’d already qualified by virtue of their thrashing of…


Under-18s: Manchester United 0-3 Chelsea

May 5, 2018

When you run out of trophies to win, you win them all over again. You win newly-established cups too, and you win them all with style, substance and conviction. What happens when you run out of superlatives though? This remarkable, dominant, supreme Chelsea Under-18 team retained their Premier Academy League title on Saturday, overpowering the best the Northern section could offer in Manchester United with a 3-0 win at Leigh…


FA Youth Cup Final Second Leg: Arsenal 0-4 Chelsea (1-7 agg)

April 30, 2018

It is truly remarkable. Chelsea’s fifth successive FA Youth Cup title was secured with a stylishly emphatic 4-0 win at the Emirates Stadium on Monday night, blowing Arsenal away with a 7-1 aggregate victory, and they made a little bit of history in the process. Dan Davies was pitchside with the best pictures on the evening; check them out HERE. Only Manchester United’s ‘Busby Babes’ had ever recorded such an…