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Who's the youth? Five U20s Chelsea fans must watch

While football has temporarily been taken away from us, take some time to familiarise yourself with your club's brightest stars, who might start making a name for themselves when games resume...


Tino Anjorin

Primarily a box-to-box midfielder, 18-year-old Tino Anjorin boasts a tireless work rate, which allows him to make his presence felt on the pitch.

Despite having a huge 6'1 frame, he possesses great technique as he's able to glide past players and make quick first-time passes while under pressure. In that vein, he's similar to Ruben Loftus Cheek.

Anjorin's height grants him the ability to win aerial dues, further enhancing his dominance in the middle of the park.

Overall, Anjorin doesn't have any visible weaknesses bar his pace. He's not slow by any means, but to break into Chelsea's first team set-up, he's going to need to work on his acceleration.

Anjorin made his Premier League debut in Chelsea's 4-0 win over Everton after coming on for Willian in the 71st minute. He put up a good showing against the Toffees, proving why he's highly-rated in the youth football scene.

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Armando Borja

Few strikers have garnered attention the way Chelsea starlet Armando Borja has at Chelsea's academy.

Borja, 18, officially joined Chelsea nearly a decade ago after making it into the club's under 9 squad. He has since then worked his way up Chelsea's youth ranks, proving to be one of the most talented young strikers in the academy set-up.

Standing at 6'3, Borja uses his huge frame to get on the end of crosses, and hold the ball up high up the pitch.

The Albanian youngster is a calm and composed finisher, as he's able to find the back of the net whilst under pressure.

Borja's biggest weakness is his agility on the ball - as a result, his dribbling is not particularly smooth but it is good enough to help him create the space he needs to get clear shots on goal.

Borja made his Premier League debut in Chelsea's 4-0 win over Everton back in March coming on for Olivier Giroud in the final few minutes.

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Ian Maasten

Signed from PSV at the age of 16, Ian Maasten has spent two years impressing the coaches in Chelsea's youth ranks, edging closer to a first-team debut.

Now 18 years of age, Maasten is one of the most talented defenders at Chelsea and is highly-rated as a wonderkid by the Dutch media.

He is incredibly versatile as seen in his first season at the Chelsea academy set-up where he featured as a centre-back, left-back and even as a central-midfielder.

The Dutch starlet also has great tactical awareness which allows him to perform excellently across different positions. He's also quite pacey, and boasts nimble footwork.

Being 5'6, Maasten isn't the most physically dominant player on the pitch, however, what he lacks in physicality, he makes up for with speed, technique and an insane work rate.

Maasten made his first team debut in a 7-1 victory over Grimsby Town back in March 2019, that has been his only first team appearance to date.

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Tariq Uwakwe

Tariq Uwakwe is one of the most highly-rated youngsters at Chelsea.

The 20-year-old has been linked with a loan move to Derby County for quite some time, and considering Derby's relationship with the Blues, it's a move that is likely to materialise in a bid to grant Uwakwe some first-team experience.

Uwakwe primarily features as a defensive-midfielder, but he's able to perform a box-to-box role if need be thanks to his incredible stamina.

A Chelsea player since under-9's, Uwakwe is great at cutting passing lanes and making interceptions as he possesses what can only be described as a natural talent for defending.

He's yet to make his first-team debut for Chelsea, but judging by his performances for the U23 squad, it won't be long before Frank Lampard gives him a chance to introduce himself to the world.

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George McEachran

A key figure under Jody Morris in Chelsea's academy last season, George McEachran is one of the most talented young midfielders within Chelsea's youth ranks.

He's currently on loan at Dutch second division side SC Cambuur, a move which will allow him to garner some much-needed first-team experience in a competitive division.

George McEachran is capable of taking up a number of roles in midfield. He's featured as a number 10, and a holding midfielder for Chelsea's academy side in the past, but he always seems to perform better as a holding midfielder.

McEachran is technically gifted, strong off the ball and boasts a wand of a left foot. He's yet to make his first-team debut for Chelsea, however he travelled with the squad to Baku last season for the Europa League final.

It's only a matter of time before he gets his first minutes for the Chelsea first-team, especially with Frank Lampard at the helm.

Video Courtesy of miroP10 - The Best Young Football Talents

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