It seems like Jay Dasilva has been around forever, but he’s actually still only just 20 years old and this will be only his second loan (or third, depending how you count things).
Today he joins Championship side Bristol City on loan for the season, upgrading from League One Charlton Athletic, where he had spent the previous 18 months (first on a 6-month loan, which got extended for another 12 last summer).
Dasilva played so well for Charlton that he was voted their Supporters’ Player of the Year last season. Of course, we should expect nothing less from a youngster who was already described as “better than any current Premier League left back” at age 17 after winning the UEFA Youth League with Chelsea in a rather tremendous hot take by Ian Wright.
Congrats to Chelsea winning UEFA youth league. Jay da silva left back better player than any current prem left back. pic.twitter.com/0Zla6mMbjN— Ian Wright (@IanWright0) April 14, 2015
That silliness aside, Dasilva is very much a modern attacking wing-back, who has plenty of promise but not much height, which will always mean that he will have to excel just a little bit more than his peers to get the same opportunities. Fair or not, Dasilva so far looks up to the task.
If he has a good season in the Championship, it’s not unthinkable that he could challenge for a spot at Chelsea next season (Alonso won’t be getting any younger and Emerson has yet to truly impress).
Good luck, Jay!
NB. Incidentally, Jay’s younger brother Cole, 19, who was released by Chelsea in June, has recently found a new home just a couple miles down the road, at Brentford. Best of luck to him as well!