Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) January 14, 2015
Chelsea strikers Tammy Abraham and Dominic Solanke proved to be at a much higher level than their Under-18 opponents on Tuesday night in the FA Youth Cup as they netted five goals between them.
The young Blues were rampant from the off and made the perfect start when Abraham headed them into an early lead, before adding his and Chelsea’s second moments later.
Solanke got his first and Chelsea’s third inside the half hour mark, but saw Huddersfield reply not long after with their only goal of the night. Nevertheless, it didn’t halt Chelsea’s dominance and Solanke made it 4-1 going into the break.
Although the second half didn’t have the same intensity as the first, the young Blues were still able to assert themselves on the game and grab two more goals to make the victory comprehensive.
Solanke netted his seventh goal in his last three appearances in all competitions, before Kelsey Palmer scored arguably the goal of the night with a thunderbolt into the top corner.
After the match, the emphasis from fans was certainly on the front duo of Abraham and Solanke as they continued to prove that as a partnership they’re perhaps the best in youth team football.
The range of goals scored by both 17-year-olds show they have a natural ability of working well together and finding the back of the net at an explosive rate – similar to the well-documented partnership former Manchester United stars Dwight Yorke and Andy Cole enjoyed in the late 90s.
The understanding, movement and link-up play between the two is certainly the most exciting outside of senior football and if they keep progressing at their current rate, both could go on to become renowned world class players in the future.
Solanke’s hat-trick against Huddersfield in the FA Youth Cup put him on 20 goals for the season. However, the brace scored by Abraham edged him one better, with 21 goals in all competitions.