Chelsea captain with high praise for 17-year-old debutant

John Terry said he was 'proud' for Dominic Solanke after the teenager made his Chelsea debut last night.

Yesterday saw Chelsea romp to a 6-0 victory over Slovenian side NK Maribor in the UEFA Champions League. The game was a rout from start to finish, with Chelsea captain John Terry even bagging a goal and an assist.

It was also a night that saw a Chelsea debut for an academy product.

Not many players have come through the Chelsea academy and been a success in recent years. In fact John Terry is probably the last one to do just that.

But Chelsea have high hopes of developing some of their current young talent into world stars.

Dominic Solanke might be just one of them.

The 17-year-old came on in the 73rd minute for Brazilian international Oscar, bringing with him a wave of excitement from Chelsea fans - and players.

In particular the captain Terry.

He has spoken of his pride at watching one of the academy make it into the group. He feels that it might inspire some of the other talents such as Jeremie Boga, Andreas Christensen and Nathan Ake to start to make their mark on a more permanent basis:

"I’m really proud of Dom. He’s a great young prospect at the club, an Academy boy. He’s been here since the age of seven and come through. It sets a precedent for the younger players and now they believe they can get an opportunity if they’re good enough and work hard enough. It’s not only good for Dom, the effect it will have throughout the Academy will be excellent."

Time will tell if this is a flash in the pan, or if Solanke really is a part of Chelsea's long-term plans.

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