Chelsea U21 beat Norwich City U21 yesterday rather comprehensively in the second of our Premier League International Cup group stage games. A brace from in-form Dominic Solanke (though when is he not in-form with "movement of the highest level," as described by Adi Viveash) and an own goal from Norwich helped the Blues to a 5-0 final result in the development teams' final match of the calendar year. But it's the other two goals I wanted to highlight.
Speedster Alex Kiwomya opened the scoring on Tuesday, and we're pretty sure he hit this ball so hard, not even he with his Olympic speed could outrun it. Good luck trying to spot the flight of this shot from Jay Dasilva's cross!
After reaching double digit goals in each of his last two seasons in the academy, this was only Kiwomya's second goal in 11 appearances (6 starts), and the first at under-21 level (his other one came in the UEFA Youth League). Hopefully this helps get him back on the right track.
Someone who's definitely on the right track is the ever more impressive Jeremie Boga. In addition to his usual bag of tricks, he can also produce something like this:
That's goal number 8
or 9 (sources disagree) at U21 and U19 levels combined this seasons. He also has a hat-trick in his solitary U18 Premier League appearance.
With this much sparkling talent -- the likes of Boga, especially -- in the development squads (many of whom are training with the first team on a regular basis), surely we're finally going to get that elusive academy grad to follow in John Terry's footsteps. Right?