There was a time when Chelsea had very limited promising young players from the academy but nowadays the scenario has changed and Chelsea have quite a few young academy players with tremendous potential.
Chelsea have a good young player for every position in the academy or the under 19 and 21 team while many are out on loan across Europe. One such promising player that has been shining these days is Isaiah Brown, who was an important part of Chelsea’s U19 European Champion team.
Let us now understand what all the hype is about and compute the odds of him being a Chelsea first team player in the future.
Strengths, Weaknesses And Playing Style
Isaiah is an out-and-out forward who mostly plays on the left flank as an inside forward but also comforts himself on the right flank and in any striking role; mostly as a center forward. When needed, he also plays in the attacking midfield or deep-lying roles on the wings.
As a forward his major strengths are his finishing, hold-up play, passing and shooting. Also, he is defensively sound which is a very uncommon attribute in forwards. His significant weaknesses comprise his physical strength due to which he gets fouled very often and sometimes he is very clumsy on the ball due to which he loses possession.
His playing style is no different than any typical out and out forward. He collects the ball from the midfielders or wins it himself by tackling the opposition and dispossessing them. Once he gets the ball, he cuts inside from the flanks and passes the ball to the striker or any player who is available in a position to score a goal. When played as a striker he likes to run around with the ball, dribble past defenders and create shooting chances for himself. His goals have come from both inside and outside the box is also an immense aerial threat as some of his goals have been scored from headers.
Just like every other youth academy player Brown has great potential, and he will be a very good footballer in the future. But the chances of him to be a regular starter for Chelsea in the future are very less or nearly impossible. With the likes of Hazard on the flanks and Costa in the middle, Izzy won’t get regular playing time with Chelsea. He also has competition from other youth academy prodigies and some loanees as well, which make it even more difficult for him to be a part of Jose’s future plans. In order to become a regular Chelsea starter, he has to be utterly exceptional and prove that he is better than Hazard and other players. If he fails to do so, the only option left with him will be a way out of Chelsea.
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Edited By: Vikram Vadiganeni