Earlier this week, the England squad was announced ahead of the upcoming friendlies with Brazil and Germany. Notable names included loanees Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Tammy Abraham being called up to the senior squad for the first time.
Tammy Abraham had a very successful loan spell at Bristol City, scoring 23 goals in the Championship while helping Bristol City stave off relegation. He’s already had a great start to the season with Swansea, getting 4 goals and an assist in his first 9 starts. Abraham was part of the U21 Euro team that made it to the semis only to lose to the eventual winners Germany on pens.
Ruben Loftus-Cheek was one of the first well known Chelsea youngsters and is still yet to break through at age 21. Loftus-Cheek is featuring under Roy Hodgson and has started well despite Palace’s poor start to the season. Palace has only scored 4 goals in total this season but Ruben has an assist to his name, coming in the 2-2 draw at home to West Ham. Ruben can only do so much so it is unfair to blame him for Palace’s dismal start.
Lots have been said about the Chelsea youth system, but that has seen some change this season. The likes of Ethan Ampadu and Charly Musonda have received opportunities and the Chelsea youngsters have impressed. The under-18’s are led by Jody Morris and are five points clear at the top of the Southern Division. In the eight games, Chelsea U-18’s have won 7, losing one – a 4-0 defeat away at Southampton. Stars such as Hudson-Odoi impressed during England’s successful U-17 World Cup victory in India so all of this points to a positive future for Chelsea’s stars of tomorrow.