We catch up with Chelsea’s 2010 FA Youth Cup winning side.
Chelsea have become a dominant force in the FA Youth Cup – winning the competition five times in the last seven seasons.
Let’s catch up with the Chelsea youngsters who won the trophy back in 2010:
George Saville, Josh McEachran and Rohan Ince are all connected to Championship clubs.
Saville has made over 50 appearances for Wolverhampton Wanderers since joining in 2014. The midfielders only goal of the season came in the opening day draw with Rotherham United.
Perhaps the most highly-rated youngster in this Chelsea team, McEachran, is now playing under Dean Smith at mid-table side Brentford. The promising playmaker has picked up four assists in twenty-four league games this season but hasn’t played since February due to an ankle injury.
Ince’s Brighton Hove Albion could be on their way to the Premier League next season. The defensive midfielder, who is the cousin of former England international Paul Ince, is spending the second-half of the 2016/7 campaign on-loan with League One side Swindon Town. He featured in the Robins recent wins over Millwall and Fleetwood Town.
Ince joins former Chelsea teammate Anton Rodgers at the County Ground. The 24-year-old scored the winning goal against play-off contenders Bradford City back in November.
Four members of this FA Youth Cup team now ply their trade in League Two.
Billy Clifford and Aliu Djalo are both regulars for 18th place Crawley Town. After leaving Chelsea in 2012, Djalo spent time in the Cypriot, Portuguese, Romanian, Polish and Finnish leagues before returning to England with the Reds in the summer.
Clifford also joined Crawley in the summer following brief stints with Walsall and non-league side Boreham Wood. He has made 33 appearances for Dermot Drummy’s team this season.
Goalkeeper Sam Walker has racked up over 150 games for League Two play-off outsiders Colchester United. After missing most of last season with a knee injury, Walker has been ever-present for the U’s during this campaign.
Milan Lalkovic traded League One outfit Walsall for League Two giants Portsmouth last July. The Slovakian-born winger lost his place in Pompey’s starting-eleven in October before being loaned out to Scottish Premiership side Ross County in January.
Ben Sampayo is currently playing non-league football for Brentford Town. He turns out for Ryman Division One North side Brentford Town. Sampayo started in the recent 1-0 defeat to Soham Town Rangers.
Conor Clifford is among those former Chelsea youngsters to have taken their talents outside of English football. The 25-year-old signed for Irish Premier Division side Dundalk in the winter transfer window. Clifford has already featured in wins over Shamrock Rovers, Silgo Rovers, Limerick and St Patricks.
Italian right-back Jacopo Sala is part of Marco Giampaolo’s Serie A mid-table Sampdoria side. He helped his them complete the double over Inter Milan earlier this month with a 1-2 win at the San Siro.
Marko Mitrovic had a stint in Italian football with Brescia before moving to the Danish Superligaen in 2016. He switched Randers for Sonderjyske in January but is yet to score for his new club.
Centre-back Jeffrey Bruma made over 100 appearances for PSV Eindhoven following his departure from Stamford Bridge in 2013. He is now with Bundesliga strugglers Wolfsburg.
One man who hasn’t enjoyed the best of returns to the English game is Gokhan Tore. The winger joined West Ham United on-loan from Besiktas in July but picked up a serious knee injury just five games into his time at the Olympic Stadium.
Meanwhile, Aziz Deen-Conteh is a free agent after leaving Georgian team FC Zugdidi. He also spent time in Greek and Moldavian football.
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