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Future is Bright for Chelsea Youngsters

Chelsea took a huge step towards lifting the FA Youth Cup as they thrashed Blackburn Rovers in the first leg of the final, 4-0.

A second-half brace from Islam Feruz and goals from Nathaniel Chalobah and Lewis Baker put the Blues in control before the return leg on 9th May at Ewood Park.

Chelsea’s youngsters won the FA Youth Cup for the first time since 1961 two seasons ago and a transformed youth side are now looking to dominate under-18s football in England.

A number of signings have seen their youth academy flourish in recent years with expensive foreign imports adding a touch of class to their already excelling squad.

Feruz, the scorer of two in the first leg, is a starlet that has really began to shine this season since his move from Celtic over the summer.

The Scottish striker rejected a professional contract from the Glasgow giants, which saw the London club pick him up on a free transfer, much to the dismay of Celtic’s staff and fans alike.

Despite being born in Somalia, the attacker has changed his international allegiance to Scotland and has now represented them at youth level. In recent weeks he has been on dangerously exciting form and will undoubtedly play a huge part in the future of football north of the border.

A key performer in the tie was Brazilian kid Lucas Piazon. The attacking midfielder made a whopping £5million move from Sao Paolo at the start of the season that could raise to over £10million.

He has been an integral part of Chelsea’s academy side this year, a role that has even seen him sit on the bench for Chelsea’s Premier League tie at Manchester United.

The media have often made comparisons of Piazon to Real Madrid playmaker Kaka and if the 18-year-old can emulate any of his success, he is certain to justify that controversial pricetag.

Chelsea have a wealth of talent in their youth academy. Piazon and Feruz are not the only ones that stand out as being stars of the future. Nathaniel Chalobah and Jamal Blackman are another two English players who are certain to make the step-up in years to come. It is just a case of playing the waiting game.

About Tom Bennett

I'm a 21-year-old Multimedia Journalism student at Bournemouth University aspiring to be one of Britain's top sports journalists. Follow me on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn for contact and further information.



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