There may be a semi-exodus happening at the Chelsea Academy, but our youth ranks remain chock-full of young talent, at all the age levels. And that includes players who have been treading the loan path for the last few years, such as Dujon Sterling — who may seem like he’s been around forever, but is still just 21.
Almost four years on from his senior debut aged just 17, Sterling is back with the first-team this summer and one of the fringe players hoping to perhaps win an unexpected spot in Thomas Tuchel’s squad. We certainly could use another right (wing-)back, and there was a time when Sterling was well ahead of Reece James, even, in that department at the Academy.
To that effect, Sterling, who is also comfortable at center back, has started talks over an extension with Chelsea, as per Goal’s Nizaar Kinsella. Of course, with just one year left on his current deal, a new contract is pretty much a necessity regardless of his next move (barring a transfer), but I’d like to believe this would increase his chances of making the team.
Sterling had a successful loan at League One (third division) Coventry City three seasons ago, but has been battling injuries for the last two, including while on loan at Wigan and back with the youth team last year. His comeback is already a good story, but it could be getting even better!