Chelsea supporters could get a glimpse of the club’s promising future as highly-rated youngster Tammy Abraham could make his senior debut during the final week of the season.
With the Blues no longer able to qualify for Europe following Saturday’s 3-2 defeat at relegation-threatened Sunderland, interim boss Guus Hiddink is poised to hand the 18-year-old a chance against either Liverpool or Leicester City.
According to Mail Sport, Abraham has been added to the group ahead of those fixtures as a reward for his excellent season for the under 21’s where he netted an impressive 19 goals in just 29 appearances. The newspaper adds that he’s been training with the Blues’ first-team this week too.
He was the second highest scorer as the young Blues retained the UEFA Youth League this season and was on target in the FA Youth Cup final second leg against Manchester City – a trophy which the club has now won in each of the last three campaigns.
It’s no secret that the Blues’ youth team has been the dominant force at that level for some time now and barring the inclusion of Ruben Loftus-Cheek in recent seasons, it’s rare to see any of those youngsters given a chance in the senior side.
Many have been shipped out on loan once again this season and it remains to be seen what approach incoming manager Antonio Conte will take when it comes to this talented crop of youngsters.