Name: Marc Guehi
Date of Birth: 13 July 2000
Marc Guehi – his career so far
Marc Guehi’s football story began when he was a really young lad plying his trade for Cray Wanderers, featuring for their academy on the U6 until the U9 level, before he was then scouted and very quickly signed by Chelsea.
He would then be put in the Blues’ U8 squad, clawing his way up the ranks and representing Chelsea’s U15s and U16s as a schoolboy with great talent and excellent mindset to succeed in the beautiful game.
Some of the best moments of his young career came during the 2016/17 season when Chelsea won the treble and Guehi was, by that time already, a regular presence in their U18 team who achieved such great success.
Even though he’s a defender by trade, the young ace still managed to score eight goals and assist two more across a total of 49 games played for the U18s. But interestingly enough, his attacking contribution was a big talking point of their 2017/18 season as well.
Guehi netted some pretty important goals, including in Youth Cup victories over West Brom, Tottenham Hotspur and Arsenal, including the final against the latter team. He would end up featuring for the U23 team as well, scoring once and assisting further three, continuing the good trend once again.
It was in 2017 when he signed his first professional contract with the club that runs until the end of 2019/20.
His senior debut was also not that far away and the imposing centre-back featured in the 7-1 Carabao Cup victory over Grimsby Town in 2019 after being named as an unused substitute for the UEFA Champions League tie against Valencia at Stamford Bridge.
So far, he can only boast with two first-team appearances but could be edging ever closer to promotion as he continues his development at the youth levels.
Even though he is currently a Swansea City loanee, it still remains to be seen what happens with that stint. So far, he’s featured five times for the Swans since his arrival in January 2020.
The big Chelsea news coming out of the camp at Stamford Bridge was the decision to send the young centre-back to Swansea on loan. Of course, we are still waiting to see what the Blues decide to do with him now amidst the recent circumstances that have made things in both football and life much more complicated.
Having penned a new deal that runs until 2022 in September 2019, the Blues should not be too concerned about his future as of right now.
At the moment, no transfer news or transfer rumours indicate teams are already prowling around Guehi but losing him would surely be a big hit for Chelsea. There were, however, some whispers of the likes of Southampton wanting the lad back in December of 2019 and it wouldn’t really be such a surprise to see more transfer rumours springing up in the near future.
Even though he is expected to spend another season at Swansea, there was some talk of Lampard potentially looking to bring him home a bit earlier. Seeing his potential and raw talent, that could be some excellent Chelsea news for their supporters.
Despite his young age, Guehi was always considered to be a fully committed defender with the right mindset and a really imposing presence on the pitch. He is primarily a centre-back but can also operate as a full-back, which he has mostly done throughout his stay within the Chelsea academy.
And it seems that Guehi has actually retained some of his attacking tendencies as he can often be seen carrying the ball up the pitch and participating in the build-up as well. Just by looking at his heatmap provided by Wyscout, we can see this tendency to step up and actually leave his line when necessary.
This aggressiveness also helps him win duels and intercept the ball before it reaches his team’s box. He is quite strong in duels and his physical attributes help him shrug off the attackers in 1v1 confrontations.
It should also be mentioned that he has an eye for goal or an occasional assist as well.
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