Chelsea supporters in the Transfer Tavern are eagerly anticipating the 2018/19 Premier League season following the appointment of Maurizio Sarri as the club’s new manager earlier this month.
The former Napoli boss replaces Antonio Conte in the Stamford Bridge hotseat following his departure earlier in the summer, this all despite leading the Blues to the Premier League title back in 2017, and indeed the FA Cup back in May. Nonetheless, there is much optimism among Chelsea fans following the appointment of Italian Sarri, many of whom believe is the man to oversee a title challenge from their club this season.
Thus, there are many excited and positive Blues supporters up and down the country, several of whom are wondering whether he could seek to give any of the club’s youngsters a chance in the first team this season, what with Chelsea’s loan policy having been well documented upon over the years.
Yet there may be one man who could go against the grain by breaking into the Blues senior side in the near future, namely 18-year-old sensation Martell Taylor-Crossdale.
The forward has come up through the ranks at Stamford Bridge to become a regular feature for both their Under-18 and Under-23 teams, with his goal-scoring record for the former particularly impressive.
Taylor-Crossdale bagged a stunning 22 goals in just 28 games in the South division of the Under-18 Premier League back in the 2016/17 campaign, helping the Blues to top spot, before backing that up with another fine season last term in scoring nine times in 16 matches as the Under-18s again won the division.
In fact, only Charlie Brown (12) scored more for Chelsea at Under-18 level last time round to underline Taylor-Crossdale’s immense talent and potential, talent and potential which has seen him earn 14 appearances for the club’s development squad in the last couple of years.
Yes, it appears to be tricky for youngsters at Stamford Bridge to break into the first team, as evidenced by how many have been shipped out on loan in recent times, but given just how talented the 18-year-old is, he could well go against the grain and command regular football for the senior side in the coming years.
Chelsea fans… what do you think? Let us know!