The good news just keeps on coming at Chelsea Football Club. After yesterday's on-pitch excellence on the South Coast, we have further reasons to be hopeful from Southport (which is actually up north), where Chelsea's U23 side took on Everton U23s in Monday's PL2 contest.
While we had to settle for a 1-1 draw, the Toffees have been one of the best sides in the division so the draw for Chelsea's teenagers is a decent result. Chelsea U23 remain firmly in mid-table while Everton close to within one point of leaders Manchester City.
More importantly, joining Kurt Zouma, who was in his second outing for the development team as part of his ACL rehab, was none other than Marco van Ginkel, who's been recovering from some sort of recurring knee injury since the summer. Both Zouma and Wulfert Cornelius successfully completed an hour's worth of action without any notable issues or mistakes.
We've started with a 3-5-2 shape as Ugbo and Sterling lead the line up front. Zouma is in a back three, with Van Ginkel in midfield. #CFCDev— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) October 31, 2016
The three-man backline isn't necessarily something new to the youth teams, but it's nicely synergistic to have them playing it now that Conte switched the first-team into a similar formation as well. Zouma getting experience in such a system will only help his re-integration, which might be happening as soon as this week.
For Van Ginkel, the future probably holds a loan to PSV in January, as has been in the offing since the summer. What might happen beyond that, who knows.
Still, wonderful to see both youngsters back in action after their injuries.
BONUS GOOD NEWS: Toddy Kane's getting close, too!