Chelsea have promoted Kyle Scott to their first-team squad off the back of the midfielder’s impressive summer.
Scott, who joined the Blues as an Under-10 from Southampton, has been invited to train with Antonio Conte’s first-team several times in recent weeks and has been rewarded for his performances.
The 19-year-old was recently named in Chelsea’s Champions League squad for the 2017/18 campaign and will be hoping to impress further still at the club’s training base in Cobham.
Scott has been handed the No.36 shirt at Stamford Bridge and his next aim will be to secure game-time in Conte’s senior side, with confirming he will be rotating his squad in the coming weeks.
‘It is necessary to rotate, seven games in 21 days is not easy,’ Conte said before Chelsea’s 6-0 thumping of Qarabag.
‘You risk a lot. The risk could be to play with the same players I did against Leicester and then the question would be: “why didn’t you change the team?”
‘This is our job. We must use our eyes and our previous experience as player and coach. If you win, it was the best decision. If you lose, it was the worst decision.’
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We Always Knew He Was Special – Former Chelsea Star Impressed With Young Talent
Ex-Chelsea defender Frank Sinclair says that the Blues recognised very early on that Andreas Christensen was a special talent and needed to go out on loan to get a taste of regular first team action.
The centre-back joined Chelsea’s academy from Brondby in 2012 and made his senior debut for the English giants in the 2014/15 campaign.
Christensen managed just three first team appearances for Chelsea before going out on loan to Borussia Monchengladbach for two years the following season.
The Denmark international, who turned out 82 times in total for the Bundesliga outfit, has been in good form since returning to Chelsea in the summer.
The 21-year-old has made four appearances in all competitions for Chelsea this season, with the latest coming in the Blues’ 6-0 win over Qarabag in the Champions League on Tuesday night.
And Sinclair, who believes Christensen has vastly benefitted from his loan spell at Borussia Monchengladbach, insisted that Chelsea always had high hopes for the youngster.
“He’s a class act”, Sinclair told Chelsea TV.
“The two years he’s had over in Germany have done him the world of good.
“But let’s not forget there were high hopes for him before then, coming through the academy.
“We recognised very early on he was an excellent player and he needed to go out, get that experience and come back.
“For me if you put him in in any type of game, that is this or the Premier League, he’s proved already he can go into a side and be very comfortable.”
Christensen is expected to play a big part for Chelsea over the coming season as boss Antonio Conte wrestles with pushing for silverware on several fronts.