Chelsea Academy Welcomes New Players

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Chelsea Academy Welcomes New Players
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Chelsea return for pre-season training this morning (July 5) and the club's academy is welcoming its latest batch of players. 

Last season was a very successful one for the young Blues.

Captained by Conor Clifford, the side won the FA Youth Cup for the first time in 49 years, beating Aston Villa 3-2 on aggregate.

Here are profiles of the newcomers, taken from the official Chelsea website.

 

Amin Affane

Amin is a left-sided player, but predominantly an attack-minded central midfielder who comes in from Sweden; his former club was Lärje/Angereds IF.

 

Jamal Blackman

A goalkeeper from Croydon, Jamal is 6'5" already, very agile and joined the Academy fairly late at Under 13.

Also involved in the England setup, he played for Chelsea in the Cobham Cup, the international tournament we hosted in August 2008.

 

Toddy Kane

Toddy has been at the club since he was an Under 8. He comes from Cambridge and is a very quick right-back, comfortable on the ball and tenacious in the tackle. He also played in the youth team last season.

 

Reece Loudon

A lad from Stevenage, Reece is a left-midfielder. He made his debut at left-back for the reserves last season and joined the Academy at Under 13.

 

Archange Nkumu

A boy from North London who joined the Academy at Under 10, Archange can play holding midfield and has played most of the last year as a centre-half for the Under 16s.

 

Danny Mills Pappoe

Danny featured many times for the reserves last season and was an important member of the youth squad, though he missed the Youth Cup Final through injury. Hailing from Deptford, he joined us at Under 12 and is a solid centre-half.

 

Danny Stenning

A central midfielder from Tulse Hill, Danny joined the Academy at Under 14, and is a tidy little player who doesn't give the ball away a lot, has a great attitude, and is strong in the tackle.

 

Tomas Kalas

Tomas has signed but will spend the first year on loan at his club, Sigma Olomouc in the Czech Republic.

He is now going into the Under 18s, and made his first-team debut last season. Very athletic and quick, he is a very good one-on-one defender and comfortable on the ball.

We feel there is a lot of potential in the player, and we feel at the minute it is the right time to get him, but it would be good for him to stay there and get first-team experience, and we look forward to him joining us next year.

Obviously, we will stay in touch and he will come across here when appropriate. He is a right-sided centre-half who can play right-back.

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