Izzy Brown could be forgiven for feeling a little jealous or resentful seeing the likes of Tammy Abraham and Fikayo Tomori and the rest taking center stage in the Premier League for Chelsea, while he’s out of the public consciousness on yet another loan assignment — even if he’s doing really well at Luton Town.
After all, he was part of that all-conquering group back in the Academy as well, and he made his Premier League debut well before any of them did, whether we count his lone appearance for West Brom (2013, at age 16) or for Chelsea (2015, at age 18), a year before either Abraham or Tomori did so as well.
But Izzy’s simply happy for his friends, happy for his club finally giving real opportunities, and proud of their achievements already this season.
“Me, Tammy and Fikayo are close friends and we basically grew up together; we are all ‘97s. We played at England together.
“It’s great to see as everyone used to think Chelsea don’t bring through young players but now Lampard is in charge you are starting to see those players coming through, playing well and Chelsea are winning games. You can’t question that those players are not good enough because they are going out every day and performing.
”Tammy is the Premier League second top goalscorer. I am happy for him because for the future of Chelsea and the young players there it’s going to be a good thing that they are doing so well.”
Meanwhile, the now 22-year-old Brown is focused on his own path, one that was severely derailed by the ACL injury he suffered two seasons ago, but is slowly getting back on the right track.
“I am proud of my close friends [at Chelsea] and I am happy to see them playing in the Premier League but, for me, I am just solely focused on myself.”
“I think everyone has a different path. You can have your moment when you are 18 or 24, 25. There’s no age limit to when you are going to make it as a Premier League player. So I don’t think what they are doing inspires me too much because I know when my time comes, I am going to be ready to take it.”
“In my head, I think I can play in the Premier League. I don’t think that’s big-headed because I played in the Premier League and I don’t think I was outside my limits. I feel, with my injury, I took two steps back when I was on my way up.
”Now there is a different focus in my mind, which is just football and playing games. So I am not focused on the Premier League at the moment. I just want to try to get myself back to where I was and then once I am there, I will look forward again.”
-Izzy Brown; source: Goal
Brown’s attitude and commitment has won himself an admirer in Luton Town boss Graeme Jones — as well as Leeds boss Marcelo Bielsa, who recently admitted he may have made a mistake with Izzy last season — and that can only bode well as we head into the meaty part of the season. Luton, champions of League One last season, are mired in a relegation fight at the moment, but if Brown can build on his good start to the season, he may just be able to keep the newcomers in the division, and resume his own Premier League path as well.