• The Loan Report: January 14-20
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How does a Hudson-Odoi become an Mbappé?

It’s September 2014. A tallish, gangly and occasionally awkward looking boy wearing the number 13 shirt collects possession, fakes inside before shifting back onto his preferred right foot, and scampers off into the space behind the full-back. His cross is headed well wide by a team-mate. The match peters out into a goalless draw, and few of the hardy souls in attendance, let alone the player himself, would likely have…

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FA Youth Cup: Manchester United 4-3 Chelsea

Chelsea’s five-year grip on the FA Youth Cup is over after they lost a barnstorming Third Round tie at Manchester United on Monday night. Facing the sternest early-round test of their credentials at any point during their reign of dominance, they were up against it from the start, handing Mason Greenwood an early goal after goalkeeper Karlo Ziger slipped when receiving a backpass. That sent the tone for an absolute…

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The Loan Report: December 10-16

Two more goals in the past seven days nudge us closer to the half-century mark before the end of the calendar year, with Tammy Abraham and Kylian Hazard providing the goods. Headliners Abraham has been in good nick for Villa, with a glut of goals a fortnight ago lifting him into double figures for the season, and a penalty on Saturday at home to Stoke took his scoring run to…

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Previewing Chelsea’s 2018-19 FA Youth Cup Campaign

It’s not yet Christmas and the stakes are already high. Chelsea have won five FA Youth Cups in a row. They’ve beaten the best the country has to offer without exception, and they have been thoroughly dominant, winning 40 of 44 matches in that run while losing just twice. Each of those defeats came in the first legs of Semi Final ties; they responded by scoring five in both second…

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The Loan Report: December 3-9

After all the goals in last week’s Loan Report, we have none this weekend, after a quiet seven days overall. Let’s catch up on how everybody’s doing anyway. England Premier League Kurt Zouma returned to the Everton starting eleven for their midweek clash with Newcastle, for whom Kenedy missed out injured, and the Frenchman was in good form again. He’ll hope to retain his place when the Toffees host Watford…

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Under-18s: Manchester United 3-0 Chelsea

A dress rehearsal for their FA Youth Cup date a week on Monday it wasn’t, but Chelsea’s defence of the Under-18 Premier League Cup now lies in the hands of results elsewhere, as a 3-0 defeat to Manchester United on Saturday morning leaves them hoping they make the Quarter Finals as one of the two best runners-up from the group stages. A miserable first half saw Andy Myers’ boys concede…

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Development Squad: Chelsea 3-2 West Ham United

They had to wait until the last chance in 2018 but Chelsea’s Development Squad finally recorded their first home league win of the season against West Ham on Friday night, and they did it in dramatic style. It hasn’t been a bad season by any measure, thanks in large part to their tremendous away record, but they’ve found the going much tougher at Aldershot’s EBB Stadium and had failed to…

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Development Squad: Chelsea 2-1 Wimbledon

Controversial though it may be, Chelsea’s involvement in the Checkatrade Trophy continues to yield positive results both on and off the pitch, as they beat Wimbledon 2-1 on Tuesday night to reach the last sixteen of the competition for the second successive season. The merits of allowing Under-21 teams to compete alongside fully-fledged professional outfits have long been discussed, with heated arguments almost always developing, but the Blues will have…

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