Chelsea youth team striker Charlie Brown, no relation to the famous Peanuts character, has made the first loan move of his young career, joining Belgian second division team Royale Union Saint-Gilloise for the remainder of the season.
Union SG, who are apparently affiliated with and majority-owned by the same person as Brighton & Hove Albion, finished third last season, narrowly missing out on promotion to the Belgian top flight. They’re doing slightly worse this season, but perhaps the Chelsea goal-getter can help them out. He will be coached by former Barcelona prospect Thomas Christiansen, who once led the Bundesliga in goalscoring.
The 20-year-old Brown, who scored a whopping 12 goals in 9 games in last season’s UEFA Youth League campaign — starting all but the final two games — had been playing mostly for the U23 Development Squad this season. He joined Chelsea as a 16-year-old in 2016 from Ipswich Town.
Good luck, Charlie!
Everyone in the youth striker ranks moves up a level; Armando Broja becomes the first-choice centre-forward for #CFCDev, George Nunn will challenge for more time there while playing for #CFCU18, and Bryan Fiabema will add himself to the mix imminently.— Chelsea Youth (@chelseayouth) January 31, 2020