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Nathan Ake assigned new squad number

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The youngster will have a much lower number on his shirt in 2014

Clive Mason

Nathan Ake has been assigned number 27 for the remainder of the season, according to the club's website. He's now found listed among the first team squad when browsing, and the following tweet brought that to everyone's attention this morning:

Ake wore number 57 in his limited first team exposure last season, and many would take the lower squad number as a good indicator that he's very much in the long term plans. The last player to be assigned number 27 at Chelsea was Sam Hutchinson, during the 2011/12 season.

Also of note, poor Henrique Hilario doesn't appear to have a number this season.