FA Youth Cup: Chelsea 7-0 West Bromwich Albion

January 17, 2018

Chelsea usually save their best for the FA Youth Cup, having won the competition in each of the last four years. On Wednesday evening at Aldershot in the Fourth Round of this season’s competition, they put West Brom to the sword to the tune of a 7-0 mauling that sets up a trip to Tottenham Hotspur in the last sixteen. Marc Guehi, Daishawn Redan (twice), Tino Anjorin and Martell Taylor-Crossdale…


The Loan Report: January 8-14

January 14, 2018

It’s been another quiet week on the loan front, with a number of players still on their winter break, and injuries afflicting others. With no headliners of note, we’ll dive into the typically busy English schedule. England Premier League The worst news of the week was that Izzy Brown’s season is over after he suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament early in Brighton’s FA Cup tie against Crystal Palace on…


Under-18s: Chelsea 2-2 Aston Villa

January 13, 2018

Since the beginning of the 2016-17 season, only one team has prevented Chelsea from winning a home fixture, a run covering twenty-seven matches. Following Saturday’s frustrating 2-2 draw, that remains the case, as Aston Villa once again came to Cobham and denied the Blues all three points once again. It was hardly as if Chelsea played poorly. They took the lead inside of two minutes when Faustino Anjorin applied a…


Development Squad: Portsmouth 1-2 Chelsea

January 9, 2018

Chelsea’s Checkatrade Trophy campaign continues after a dramatic 2-1 victory away to Portsmouth in the last sixteen of the competition, with a Charly Musonda brace booking a Quarter Final berth in the most dramatic of fashions. The Belgian had struck on the hour mark to give his team a lead they had fought hard for, having seen off considerable first half pressure, but a stoppage-time equaliser from the evergreen Brett…


The Loan Report: January 2-7

January 7, 2018

The Loan Report remains Anglo-centric for the time being, with the rest of Europe and beyond enjoying winter breaks, but there remains plenty of action to catch up on. We begin with Ola Aina’s first senior goal. Headliners Aina, Fikayo Tomori and Michael Hector have been mainstays of Hull’s team since new manager Nigel Adkins arrived at the club a month ago, comprising 75% of the Tigers’ back four that…


Under-18s: Reading 0-2 Chelsea

January 6, 2018

Chelsea’s Under-18s got 2018 off to a winning start with a 2-0 triumph away to Reading at Hogwood Park on Saturday morning. The cold weather and heavy pitch made for an unglamorous contest, but Chelsea were the better side throughout, and were able to make good on their superiority with a goal in each half. Marcel Lavinier’s first of the season opened the scoring before half time before Conor Gallagher…


The Loan Report: December 26 – January 1

January 1, 2018

The first Loan Report of 2018 covers a congested schedule in England, where there have been few headline-makers, but there is plenty of scope for situations to change in the coming month with the opening of the winter transfer window. England Premier League With some teams facing as many as three matches in the space of six days, the action came thick and fast for some of Chelsea’s loanees, although…