Chelsea will soon introduce another talent from their academy, Jude Soonsup-Bell, 17,who recently scored four goals in a FA Youth Cup tie.
Goals haven’t been hard to come by for Chelsea’s impressive Under-18 team – averaging three a game in the Premier League.
And in November last year they hit a Barnsley side for eight in an FA Youth Cup win – with one boy star of the show.
Jude Soonsup-Bell, 17, bagged four goals that day, including an outrageous backheel – scored after racing onto a through ball, cutting inside a Tykes centre half, drawing the goalkeeper and then applying the cheeky finish with his back to goal.
— Jude Soonsup-Bell (@JudeSoonsupBell) November 30, 2020
Even more impressive was the fact it was the first time a youngster had managed a four goal haul in an FA Youth Cup tie in 59 years.
And in the Premier League, Soonsup-Bell has been just as prolific netting 11 goals in nine appearances.
Any wonder in January, as soon as he turned 17 and a month after scoring the U23’s in a 6-1 rout of Manchester United, the teen sensation was handed his first pro contract.
Born and raised in Chippenham, Wiltshire – Soonsup-Bell was originally scouted by Swindon Town, who he joined aged nine.
But his development was so rapid that by the age of 12 he was trialling with Chelsea, Southampton and Reading – with Swindon understanding the talent needed to play at a greater level.
Chelsea’s youth coaches needed only a few training sessions to suss out Soonsup-Bell was a rough diamond they would polish for the future.
An undisclosed sum was paid to Swindon, with the boy still under contract, and it was to Cobham where he would continue his football education.
Soon, coaches there saw attributes that would have him better suited to playing as a centre forward, rather than central midfield, where he originally played. He has prospered upfront ever since.