Could following in the footsteps of the former Liverpool youngster pay off dividends for youngster Alex Kiwomya?
Chelsea’s Youth Team are having a very good season. After making it all the way to the NextGen Series final beating the likes of Arsenal, Barcelona and Juventus en route they were unlucky to fall to Aston Villa at the final hurdle but in the FA Youth Cup they are also experiencing great success.
Chelsea have a 2-0 lead from the first-leg of their semi-final against Liverpool at Anfield and will be in high spirits ahead of the return leg; with Norwich City awaiting in the final.
The 2-0 win on Merseyside came courtesy of two late strikes from teenage wing sensation Alex Kiwomya.
The pacy wide-man grabbed the winning goals in the 86th and 90th minute and it helped him go some way toward making amends for his red-card in the NextGen Series final in Lake Como.
So what next for the player?
Well the 17-year-old will sign a professional contract at the club in May when he turns 18 and his options then open up for him; but his best option might be to do what a certain Tom Ince did as a youngster at Liverpool.
He should keep it in the family and join Notts County on loan.
Tom Ince joined his old man Paul at Meadow Lane back in 2010 and has never looked back on that decision; progressing into one of the top talents outside the Premier League.
The former Ipswich Town and Arsenal striker (he also played for Malaysian side Selangor with the dad and uncle of two good friends but I digress) has managed to secure a comfortable mid-table spot for the club since taking over from Keith Curle but with hope lost for the play-offs he is already looking at his plans for next season; and getting his nephew in would not be a bad move at all.
A junior sprint champion there is little doubt his pace would cause issues at that level and in Chelsea’s eyes it would be a great opportunity for him to learn a little more about the, how can we say this, the physical side of the game.
For us there is no doubt. A loan move next year could do wonders for this player and who knows he might one day be as highly regarded as the Blackpool winger whose footsteps he would be following.
Do you think Alex Kiwomya can make it at Chelsea?
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