Chelsea academy update: McEachran and Redan shine in a busy month of youth football

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The Blues made early steps at Under-18 and Under-19 level to help compete for glory later in the season

The Chelsea kids were in fine form in the Uefa Youth League last week, and Molde paid the price.

The Blues waltzed to a 10-1 win over the Norweigan side, continuing a run for the academy that sees them near the top at a variety of youth levels, all while the first team remains undefeated.

The academy also saw another success in the past week as Derby County loanee Mason Mount was called up for England's senior squad to face Croatia and Spain, after he made his Under-21 debut for the Three Lions in the last international break.

The FA Cup has drawn Mount and Fikayo Tomori against their parent club Chelsea too after beating Manchester United at Old Trafford, but they look unlikely to be able to play for Frank Lampard's side.

They are just two of 40 loanees who are gaining experience across world football, while there's a host of other talents still at the club trying to make enough of an impact to one day earn a spot in Maurizio Sarri's side.

Here we take a look at the standout performers at Under-23 and U-18/19 level, as well as those who are currently out on loan.


Under-23s


George McEachran Chelsea

Chelsea remain one of the youngest teams in the league, having sent a number of regulars from last season such as Ruben Sammut (Falkirk), Reece James (Wigan), Trevoh Chalobah (Ipswich), Jacob Maddox (Cheltenham) and Dujon Sterling (Coventry) out on loan.

The U23s sit joint-fifth after seven games. with their most recent result being a 3-1 loss at home to Liverpool.

The Checkatrade Trophy chase has also begun for Chelsea's youngsters, where they and other Premier League youth sides will go up against League One and League Two men's teams. The Blues made the semi-final of the competition last season - the deepest such run from any academy side in the trophy's history. 

Thus far Newport County beat the Chelsea U23s in a heavy 3-0 win. Otherwise, Chelsea have drawn 1-1 at home with high-flying Leicester City and beaten West Ham 2-1 away in this period.

George McEachran has been making an impact at U23 level and has made more appearances than anyone else in the team. McEachran's older brother, Josh, previously featured for Chelsea's youth sides and made a host of appearances for the senior team, though he now plays with Brentford.


Under-19s & Under-18s


Joseph Colley Chelsea

Chelsea's U18s have been dominant for a number of seasons, but last term they won the quadruple to set the bar even higher for the incoming generation. The group look set for a battle with Arsenal and Tottenham to win the southern section of the league and now sit two and one point behind the duo respectively, after seven matches.

Andy Myers is now leading the side after their former manager Jody Morris left to join as Frank Lampard's assistant manager at Derby.

The U19s side is being led by Joe Edwards and the UEFA Youth League kicked off in sensational fashion as Chelsea won 10-1 against Molde, despite opting not to use Callum Hudson-Odoi or Ethan Ampadu, who were eligible to play.

Daishawn Redan and Billy Gilmour both got hat-tricks against the Norweigan side, while Swedish defender Joseph Colley is increasingly operating as captain for his side and is impressing this season with his displays. Austrian youth international Thierno Ballo is showing why Chelsea tracked him and signed him last summer with a host of goals in the past month, including a hat-trick against Norwich.

In the U18 matches, Chelsea have won every game since an underwhelming start to their campaign in August. Chelsea beat Arsenal 3-1, followed by a 1-2 away win at Swansea and a 2-1 home win against Aston Villa. They then beat Norwich City at home 5-1 in the cup and Henry Lawrence's last minute goal secured a 2-1 away win against Brighton back in the league. 


Loanees


Tammy Abraham Aston Villa

Aside from Mount and Tomori, a host of Chelsea youth players are impressing on loan after being produced by the club's academy. Tammy Abraham has scored goals against Preston and Millwall this week, despite seeing his manager Steve Bruce sacked by Aston Villa.

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Reece James won Wigan Athletic's Player of the Month award, while Trevoh Chalobah continues to make an impact with goals and assists from central midfield for Ipswich. He added his second goal of the season to help his side to a dramatic away win against Swansea City.

Ola Aina is getting high level experience in Italy with Torino and has made eight appearances at left and right-wing back. Jake Clarke-Salter is taking advantage of his Vitesse loan move as a regular starter in the Netherlands top division.

Todd Kane is a regular at Hull City and netted a goal this month, although he does see his side bottom of the table going into October's international break.

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