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Chelsea defender Richard Nartey joins Burton Albion on season-long loan

Loan Army recruiting

The 2019-20 Chelsea Loan Army has a fresh new recruit. Richard Nartey, a 20-year-old centre-back will spend the upcoming season on loan at Burton Albion. The Brewers, managed by Nigel Clough, finished mid-table in League One (third tier) last season.

Nartey actually turns 21 one month into the new season, so it’s about time he forayed into senior football. He’s the second player to join the Loan Army this summer, in addition to three carryovers.

Like several Chelsea youngsters poised to make a first-team breakthrough this season, Nartey has been part of the youth setup at Cobham for all of his childhood. He was part of a high-performing under-18 side in 2016-17 and has been featuring for the Development Squad in the two seasons since. Thanks to the addition of academy teams to the EFL Trophy, Nartey has also faced up against several senior strikers plying their trade in the lower rungs of English football.

Burton was a temporary home for recently released Chelsea goalkeeper, Bradley Collins last season and this move will no doubt be made in good confidence of the pedigree of players produced at Cobham.

Good luck, Richard!

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