Just 24 hours after being on the bench for the London derby pitting Chelsea against QPR, Isaiah ‘Izzy’ Brown was the hero in Chelsea’s U-19 Champions League final against the Shaktar Donetsk youth team with a brace that helped beat the Ukrainian side 3-2 in Switzerland.
Wearing the captain’s armband, he scored two simple but vital goals to lift the trophy. Brown was plucked from the West Brom academy and has formed a strong partnership with Dominic Solanke, the other scorer of the day who is the leading marksman in the competition with 12 goals.
Chelsea: Bradley Collins; Ola Aina, Andreas Christensen, Jake Clarke-Salter, Jay Dasilva; Charlie Colkett, Ruben Loftus-Cheek; Izzy Brown (c), Charly Musonda (Tammy Abraham 85), Jeremie Boga; (Kasey Palmer 71); Dominic Solanke.
Unused subs: Jared Thompson, Fikayo Tomori, Kyle Scott, Ruben Sammut, Dujon Sterling.
Scorers: Brown 7, 55; Solanke 47
The first goal came from a bit of magic by French starlet Jeremie Boga who did most of the hard work to set up Brown. With Chelsea’s current striker crisis, Brown will be hoping that his match winning performance will be enough to get Mourinho to take him off the bench and give him some play time to show his ability. He is one of the youngsters touted for greatness.
“My conscience tells me that if for example Lewis Baker, Brown and Solanke are not national team players in a few years, I should blame myself.” – Jose Mourinho
Kudos Chelsea youth!!!
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Edited By: Ankur Bhatt