Chelsea reportedly pipped Norwich City to Derrick Abu.
According to All Nigeria Soccer, Norwich City were left disappointed as they thought they had landed Derrick Abu, only for Chelsea to beat them.
The Blues have enjoyed great success with their young players this season, as the likes of Reece James, Fikayo Tomori, Mason Mount, Callum Hudson-Odoi and Tammy Abraham have all featured for Frank Lampard.
Chelsea were almost forced into the situation with their transfer ban, but they may now hope to really spark years of youth involvement under Lampard.
Defender Abu is one player who will be hoping that’s the case, with the 15-year-old right back coming up through the ranks and becoming a wanted man in the process.
England and Nigeria are battling for Abu’s international allegiance according to a report from All Nigeria Soccer last month, and they’ve now added a story about how he became a Chelsea player.
It’s claimed that Norwich City thought they had Abu signed up as an under-11, offering him an immediate contract whereas Chelsea only gave him a six-week trial – but he still chose Chelsea.
Abu was allegedly playing for Coezer FC in a tournament in Spain when he was spotted by a Chelsea scout, and they swooped in to leave Norwich disappointed.
These stores are always interesting, and show the sliding doors nature of football, as Abu will now hope to justify his decision by becoming a Chelsea first-teamer in the coming years having taken a gamble by snubbing a different path with Norwich.