While our attentions and moneys firmly on big haired Brazilians, the Chelsea youth teams have flown under our radar a bit this weekend. That's unfortunate, considering just how good both the U18 and the U21 squads have been lately.
Reloaded, the U18s have enjoyed a perfect start to their league campaign. Opening the new season with successive home fixtures at Cobham (but away from the inquiring eyes of the public), Adi Viveash's charges have six points from six. Following last weekend 3-0 dismissal of Sunderland (goals coming from Charly Musonda Jr. and twice from Dominic Solanke who is ready to take center stage as the first choice U18 center forward), the boys prevailed 2-1 against West Ham United earlier today. Goals from George Cole and schoolboy Tammy Abraham sealed the deal for the Baby Blues. Here's the official Chelsea website's match report of the latter result, while below is a short highlights video of the goals vs. Sunderland (report):
The older group, whose matches are being featured regularly on Chelsea TV, recorded another impressive win today, at home to Leicester City. The occasion of getting to play in Stamford Bridge and in front of José Mourinho inspired a brace each from Islam Feruz - clearly rediscovering his form of a year ago - and Isaiah Brown - already so impressive for someone so young - to lead the way for Chelsea. John Swift added a fifth before Leicester got themselves a consolation. We even got a surprise appearance from Billy Clifford who was supposed to be at Yeovil Town until January but may be looking for a new loan destination soon. If his three assists today are any indication, he should definitely try again for a new challenge above the U21 level. Here's the official website's eyes-on report. With the win, Chelsea join several other teams on six points in the U21 Premier League table, three behind early leaders Tottenham Hotspur who remain perfect on nine points.