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Baker, Loftus-Cheek, Chalobah show in Toulon good for Chelsea says Holland

Chelsea's assistant first team coach Steve Holland believes that the performances of the likes of Lewis Baker, Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Nathaniel Chalobah at the recent Toulon Tournament suggests that the future is bright for the club.

Baker and Loftus-Cheek both scored for the England U21 side in the 2-1 win over France in the final while Chalobah also impressed in the tournament.

In total, five Chelsea players were involved in the Young Lions' success in Southern France and Holland, who also worked as the assistant to Gareth Southgate for the U21s, believes all of them have a bright career ahead at Stamford Bridge.

"From a Chelsea perspective, Lewis Baker won the Golden Boot, which was the award for scoring most goals in the competition," he told the club's official website.

"We played him in a role on the left side of a diamond and that gave him a lot of freedom to attack. It's a natural ability he has always shown he has in the Academy, making and scoring goals, and he did very well to achieve that honour.

"Nathaniel Chalobah was voted third best player of the tournament and Ruben Loftus-Cheek was the player of the tournament. Add to that John Swift managed to be involved in the final, as well as two of the previous four games, and Kasey Palmer made his debut at that level.

"All five can be pleased with their contributions; it's good for English football and really good for Chelsea as well.

"It's nice to win competitions but it's really about the ongoing development of the players and in the case of this tournament they've had the experience of playing against some of Europe's best teams."

Vyom Chaudhary
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