In the latest of what is now an annual casting of the net far and wide across Europe in a bid to snare the finest young talent ahead of schedule, Chelsea are close to sealing a deal for 15 year-old Polish playmaker Hubert Adamczyk.
A small and versatile playmaker who favours playing just behind the forward, Adamczyk has had several trial periods with the Blues’ academy throughout 2013, culminating with a place on their pre-season tour to Austria and a brief cameo appearance in a summer friendly at home to Stevenage.
Having impressed sufficiently during his six-week stay during June and July, terms are being finalised to make him a full-time member of Chelsea’s youth ranks and for him to join a first-year intake next June which includes the current Under-18 leading goalscorer Dominic Solanke and a host of players who featured in the recent Premier League Under-16 International Tournament success. The player is unlikely to move any earlier than that due to his father’s desire for him to complete his high school education at home in Bydgoszcz before leaving for England.
Adamczyk, Polish youth international, comes highly rated by the club’s scout in the region. The man himself – Janusz Olędzki – explains further in an interview with FutbolNews.pl:
“He is one of the biggest talents I’ve ever seen. He fully deserves his opportunity at Chelsea and I say this with full responsibility.”
Despite interest from Lech Poznan, Chelsea moved swiftly to negotiate a settlement with Zawisza Bydgoszcz for a player Olędzki first spotted as a 14 year-old and has kept close tabs on ever since.
No Polish player has ever represented the Blues at senior level, with Eddie Niedzwiecki and Ben Sahar’s extended family links the closest anyone has come. You can keep up to date with Hubert’s efforts to break that particular barrier, as well as the latest on his move and all things youth team related at the Chelsea academy here at TheChels.net and on Twitter @chelseayouth.