There was an unfamiliar name in the Chelsea Under-18 line-up away to Manchester United earlier this afternoon.
Midfielder Kasey Palmer started in midfield, wearing the number eight shirt for the visiting Blues. He has thus far spent the most notable period of his career at Charlton, where he has this season been playing up with the main youth team despite still being a schoolboy.
A 1997-born player, he featured in the FA Youth Cup clash between Charlton and Chelsea back in January, and has earned England Under-17 representation this season after a series of eye-catching performances full of skill and flair.
It is unclear at this stage whether Palmer’s presence was just a trial or whether he will become part of this summer’s scholarly intake which features the likes of Jeremie Boga, Connor Hunte and Charlie Colkett. If he does sign permanently, it would be another talented player to add to a highly-rated group of players.
Chelsea lost the game at United’s Carrington training centre 1-0 courtesy of a late Nortei Nortey own goal.