FA Youth Cup: Chelsea 6-0 Swansea City

January 28, 2015

Chelsea’s strong FA Youth Cup pedigree continued on Wednesday night as they booked a place in the Quarter Finals for the sixth season in a row courtesy of a 6-0 win over Swansea City at Aldershot’s Electrical Services Stadium. Tammy Abraham led the way with a hat-trick whilst Dominic Solanke wasn’t far behind with a brace of his own, taking the pair to a remarkable combined fifty for the season…


Room for Bamford?

January 26, 2015

Every season, up to thirty Chelsea youngsters go on the loan trail, looking for first team experience, carrying with them the feint hope that one day Chelsea and Jose Mourinho will deem them good enough for the first team. As ever, some loan moves are more successful than others. Some of Chelsea’s best young prospects have gone to clubs and failed to enhance their reputation. Chalobah had one to forget…


The Loan Report: January 19-25

January 25, 2015

Another week, another goal, and another for Patrick Bamford. The England Under-21 forward hit the headlines like almost never before this weekend as his contributions helped Middlesbrough overcome Manchester City away from home in the FA Cup. Headliners Boro went into the clash some 10-1 underdogs but there was always an inkling that they had the tools to get the job done and they did just that, coming away from…


On Youngsters, Opportunities, Frustration and Reality

January 25, 2015

Andreas Christensen played the full ninety minutes for Chelsea in their surprise FA Cup defeat at the hands of Bradford on Saturday. He did well regardless of the result, as he did in the League Cup tie at Shrewsbury earlier this season. Remarkably though, he was only the second academy player to start an FA Cup tie against an opponent from the third tier or below in the last ten…


Under-21s: West Ham United 1-3 Chelsea

January 23, 2015

Chelsea went back to the top of the Under-21 Premier League after an emphatic 3-1 victory away to West Ham United in Romford on Friday night. All of the damage was done in the first half as Kasey Palmer’s impudent flick opened the scoring before a quick-fire brace from Dominic Solanke put the Blues out of sight by the interval. Sebastian Lletget grabbed a goal for West Ham early in…


The Loan Report: January 12-18

January 18, 2015

For the second week in succession the Loan Report is kicked off by an English prospect who has spent the majority of his formative years at Chelsea and gone on to score his maiden professional goal in England’s third tier. John Swift, it’s over to you. Headliners Swift spent the first half of this season on loan at Rotherham in the Championship but, after manager Steve Evans showed a distaste…


FA Youth Cup: Chelsea 6-1 Huddersfield Town

January 13, 2015

Chelsea cruised into the Fifth Round of the FA Youth Cup as they hammered Huddersfield Town 6-1 St Aldershot’s Electrical Services Stadium on Tuesday. The damage was done in the first half as the Blues racked up four goals in a spell of mesmerising attacking play. Tammy Abraham grabbed a quick brace before Dominic Solanke followed suit and it was the latter who completed the hat-trick, smashing home late in…


The Loan Report: January 5-11

January 11, 2015

The second week of January brought with it more transfer activity on the Chelsea loanee front as three more players lined up moves for the rest of the season. We’ll get to them in a minute, but we begin with the first career goal for a prospect who joined Chelsea at Under-11 level. Headliners Alex Davey isn’t the most prolific of scorers but, then again, he is a centre-back. He…


Under-21s: Manchester City 3-2 Chelsea

January 8, 2015

Chelsea’s first Under-21 action of 2015 brought with it their toughest fixture of the campaign as a trip to Manchester City pitted first against second. The hosts came away with all three points courtesy of a 3-2 victory that takes them top of the table for the time being. Dominic Solanke put Chelsea ahead very early on but Brandon Barker restored order just as swiftly and Thierry Ambrose ensured a…


The Loan Report: January 1-4

January 4, 2015

The Loan Report remains a small one this weekend with winter breaks still in full effect for many of those plying their trades elsewhere. With nobody having performed worthily enough of headline credit, we’ll begin by documenting the many moves already made in the early days of this January transfer window. Headliners Nathaniel Chalobah’s stay at Burnley has ended and he is back at Chelsea looking for alternative arrangements. There…