The essence of scouting is to unearth a complete unknown talent from the usually obscure region of the football sphere.
Chelsea, till now, are not really known for producing football’s great. But this might no longer be the picture as there are many in the Bridge to look out for. The Chelsea Under-21s won the U-21 edition of the Premier League last season and now the time has come to recognize the talent Cobham have adhered.
This week, Chelsea’s Youth Star – Izzy Brown and Ruben Loftus Cheek exhibited their class in 3-0 demolitions of Italy U-19 by the English. The former who scored a brace in the match says he enjoys a good relationship with Ruben:
“I love playing with Ruben, he is great player and one of the best midfielder for his age in the country”, – said Brown.
IZZY BROWN – A CURTAIN RAISER
Isaiah Jay Brown better known as Izzy Brown was born in Peterborough in England on 7 January 1997 and is just 17 years of age. He plays as a winger or as a forward for Chelsea U-21. He has made in all three formats for the three lions Under 16, 17 and 21.
Brown became the second youngest player to play in the premier league when he made his debut for West Brom. He was just of 16 years and 117 days at that time. He won the academy’s best player award for West Brom. Chelsea scouts recognized his potential and The Blues signed him in July 2013.
West Brom’s chairman expressed how great a loss Izzy was, who was deemed their best young player. He scored his first goal for the first team against 5-0 victory against Wycombe wanderers in the pre-season friendly. He had been a regular part of the team in pre-season friendlies.
Standing 6’0 feet tall Izzy is good in the air. He is already quick and agile and that is only going to improve with age. He can enlighten the crowd with his mazey dribbles cutting inside, shooting from distance or being able to pull off key passes. He possesses the skill and ability to get past a man with ease and to create something out of nothing. He also runs behinds the defenses when there is no space allowed. He is certainly not shy in front of goal; having scored 10 and providing 6 assists in 21 appearances for the Under-21 champions. He is a student of the game and enjoys playing which is vital at his age for growth and development. Izzy is tactically aware and can play the central-midfield role if demanded by the team as he is also known for performing his defensive duties well. As a midfielder, he can set and see things very quickly. At his age, what makes him different from others is his precise decision making.
West Brom’s youth coach described him as,
“He is a attacking minded player who like all the exceptional players is a great ball manager. He is a exciting sort of player who can get up people or get past people, create something out of nothing.”
Jose Mourinho says:
“My conscience tells me that if Izzy are not national team players in the next few years, I should blame myself. At 17 it is not good for him to go somewhere else to play, like in the championship. At 17 he has to train with us and he have to learn with us. He will learn a lot.”
That is it for now about this young sensation. Will he prove to be a really good first team player for The Blues in the next couple of years? We surely think so. Do let us know your thoughts in the comments below!
Edited By: Karthik Janardhan