Why Liverpool have Chelsea to thank for 15-year-old starlet Yan Dhanda

Liverpool's Yan Dhanda was first spotted at a tournament held by Chelsea back in 2010.

Teenager Yan Dhanda became the first ever player of Indian origin to sign for Liverpool last summer, when Brendan Rodgers’ side did a deal to take him away from West Brom.

However, it’s West London side Chelsea who Liverpool should be thanking for creating the situation which allowed Dhanda to sign West Brom in the first place.

Dhanda was first spotted by Chelsea scouts in 2010 during a tournament which was held amongst the Asian community in the United Kingdom, providing an opportunity for young stars to grab attention.

It was because of that event, setup by Chelsea, that Dhanda was allowed to train with the West London side during the Carlo Ancelotti era where he was subsequently scouted and picked up by West Brom.

His rapid development with the Baggies is what had several sides scrambling to sign him last winter, with Liverpool’s interest well publicised and Arsenal also trying to get in on a deal to snap him up.

Dhanda has just produced a match winning performance for England’s under-16 side against Denmark and could soon be drafted into the Liverpool under-18 ranks, maybe even getting a chance in the under-21 side.

Although it’s still far too early for him to be anywhere near the first team, if his progression and development continues positively, Rodgers has shown with the likes of Jon Flanagan and Raheem Sterling that he will throw teenagers into the deep end of top flight English football.

That’s Dhanda’s aim and tracing back his career, Liverpool partly have Chelsea to thank for propelling him forwards which created the chance for them to snap him up.

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