5 Chelsea Youngsters to Watch out for in Pre-Season
With plenty of stars still on their summer break after the World Cup, Chelsea's early pre-season schedule is going to a good opportunity for their vast number of youngsters to make an impression on Jose Mourinho.
They were given their first chance this week, traveling to Wycombe Wanderers, where they thrashed the League 2 side 5-0.
Next up is AFC Wimbledon on Saturday before they head into Europe for games against the RZ Pellets and Olimpija Ljubljana next week.
Come the Sociedad game, Mourinho will undoubtedly have more of his first-team stars playing, so up until that time we bring you five youngsters to look out for during pre-season.
Patrick Bamford has been getting a lot of attention recently, especially after his impressive display at Wycombe Wanderers on Wednesday.
The 20-year-old scored in Chelsea's 5-0 rout and will be hoping to continue his goalscoring form in a bid to win a place in Jose Mourinho's first-team plans.
He has spent the past couple of seasons on loan at MK Dons and Derby County, proving himself capable in the goalscoring department.
Bamford's already up and running in pre-season with the Blues and if his form continues, we can expect plenty more tweets like those below.
Bamford.. great goal! Strikers finish that from him.. quality cross as well. Far from surprised, Partick Bamford has so much potential. #CFC— Feroze Ali (@feroze17) July 16, 2014
He may not have found himself on the scoresheet against Wycombe Wanderers on Wednesday, but Jeremie Boga certainly made an impression.
Boga grabbed the assist for Branislav Ivanovic's header and proved a nuisance throughout the second half, coming on at half-time.
The Frenchman is only 17 years old, but don't let age fool you. He can certainly play and with a few more performances like the one against Wycombe, he'll be getting plenty of attention before pre-season is out.
He's already made an impression on Chelsea fans, as we can see below:
Jeremie Boga. Watch that name for the future lads. Remember that name! #CFC— Khalid. (@khalidpschwarz) July 16, 2014
He's not long turned 16, but Jay Dasilva is a player with bags of potential.
The former Luton Town left-back was a feature of Chelsea's FA Youth Cup success last term, scoring in the first leg against Fulham.
Now he's looking to make an impression on Jose Mourinho.
Competitive first-team football is a way off, but after his display against Wycombe Wanderers on Wednesday, he'll be full of confidence that he can eventually become a regular at Stamford Bridge.
Dasilva played for the entire second half, setting up teammate Izzy Brown for Chelsea's second after just three minutes of the restart.
Without a recognised left-back outside of new signing Filipe Luis, we may see plenty more of Dasilva this pre-season.
Da Silva and Boga were both impressive as well. Great movement on and off the ball. #CFC— Blue is the Colour (@allinCFC_) July 16, 2014
Jay Dasilva may be small, but he can tackle. Absolutely clattered Wycombe's Callum Driver just now. #cfc— Garry Hayes (@garryhayes) July 16, 2014
Jose Mourinho started Nathaniel Chalobah at centre-back on Wednesday.
The Wycombe Wanderers strikers didn't cause the youngster too many problems, but whenever the Chairboys did venture forward, he looked solid at the back.
He was partnering Andreas Christensen and the young duo looked strong together, playing out of the back and confident in possession.
Chalobah has long been on the radar of Blues fans, so could this pre-season be a significant one for him?
With mikel on the verge of going why do we need to spend when we have chalobah, romeu and van ginkel who are capable of doing a job? #CFC— Goody (@LukeGoodrum10) July 17, 2014
Would like to see Jose give Chalobah a go in centre mid. Also finding it hard to see where Ake fits in. Boga and Brown looked great. #cfc— David Mankellow (@Dav_Man) July 17, 2014
Rounding off our list of youngsters to be looking out for this pre-season is Izzy Brown.
Take a look at his second goal against Wycombe Wanderers on Wednesday in the video above and you will appreciate just why.
Brown was aged 16 years and 117 days old when he made his Premier League debut as a substitute for West Bromwich Albion in May 2013.
He since joined Chelsea, winning the FA Youth Cup last term.
Now he's beginning to make an impression with the first team and will be eager to score plenty more before pre-season is out.
Izzy Brown really impressed me today. Great 2 goals from him. #CFC— Blue is the Colour (@allinCFC_) July 16, 2014
Top drawer from Izzy Brown. Safe to say our future is in good hands. #CFC— Blue. (@ChelseaFanIE) July 16, 2014
Garry Hayes is Bleacher Report's lead Chelsea correspondent. Follow him on Twitter @garryhayes