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WATCH: Xavier Mbuyamba finally makes Chelsea U23 debut, even scores a goal!

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Chelsea FC Unveil New Signing Xavier Mbuyamba Photo by Chris Lee - Chelsea FC/Chelsea FC via Getty Images

It’s taken several months and a couple of setbacks, but centre back Xavier Mbuyamba was finally able to make his Chelsea U23 debut, coming off the bench against Southampton U23 on Monday night — and even getting on the scoresheet for a debut goal as Chelsea went on to win 3-1, with goals also from Tino Anjorin and 16-year-old Silko Thomas, who was also making his debut at this age level.

The 19-year-old Mbuyamba joined Chelsea in the summer on a free transfer from Barcelona, completing a move that should’ve happened a year prior but was made impossible by Chelsea’s transfer ban. And then his debut was delayed by a couple of injuries as well as a follow-up surgery in November.

In addition to his goal, Mbuyamba made several well-judged tackles and interceptions, as well as several cross-field long passes to the wingers, in his 25 or so minutes of composed action. He also blocked a shot. All in all, a very solid performance, and hopefully he can carry on from here.