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Player Profiles

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Reserves:GoalkeepersRhys Taylor:D.O.B: 07/04/1990 Last season Rhys was reserve team regular goalkeeper. He also managed to make a couple of appearances on the bench for the first team and trains on a regular basis with Cech, Hilario and Turnbull. He has just recovered from a thigh injury which has kept him out for a while and Rhys will this season be looking to improve on his performances and possibly look to go out on loan.Niclas Heimann:D.O.B: 12/03/1991Nic Heimann is a German goalkeeper who was main goalkeeper last season for the youth team, playing in all the Youth Cup matches and putting in some decent performances. A couple of appearances for the reserves followed and that is where he will be looking to impress this season. It will be hard for him though with Taylor and Sebek, not to mention Turnbull all also looking to get games at Reserve level.Jan Sebek:D.O.B: 31/01/1991Sebek is a Czech goalkeeper who is already the same height as Petr Cech. After initially having a few problems Sebek returned to his country for a spell before returning to Chelsea last season where he ended the season putting in some very decent performances for the Reserves and earning himself a professional contract for this season. Sebek will look to build on that now for this season and fight for a place in the reserve starting line up.Full BacksNana Ofori-Twumasi:D.O.B: 15/05/1990Nana is originally from Ghana and moved to England aged 10. He is an athletic player with a lot of strength and he uses that to his advantage at right back. He has been a regular at reserve level for a while now and has found himself playing at centre back quite a few times which has not suited him. I believe the club were trying to get him a loan for this season but that has not materialised. Nana's progression has stuttered somewhat and he will need to get that back on track as soon as possible this season.Nikki Ahamed:D.O.B: 18/04/1991A youth team ever present last season Nikki is looking to make the step up to reserve level. And so far is doing that very well indeed. Ahamed is an attacking full back with the ocassional eye for goal, he was converted from a more attacking position so this is no real suprise. This will be a season for Ahamed where he looks to move on to impressing for the Reserves and i don't see him having a problem doing that at all.Ryan Bertrand:D.O.B: 05/08/1989Having spent the last 2 seasons having loan spells Ryan is once again out on loan. This time with ex-Chelsea reserves coach Brendan Rodgers. Ryan has worked his way up the ladder and is now making appearances at England U21's level as well as being a regular in the Reading starting 11. He will be looking to impress Ancelotti enough to give him a chance possibly next season.Patrick Van Aanholt:D.O.B: 29/08/1990A dutch player who can play either at centre back or left back. Patrick has been nailed down now to the left back spot. He made a rapid rise through the youth team into the reserve team and has immediately gone on loan this season to Coventry where he is already impressing everyone with his ability. Van Aanholt will be seriously pushing Bertrand for a spot in the first team.Ben Gordon:D.O.B: 02/03/1991Another youth team regular last season Ben will have a lot to live up to following in the footsteps of excellent reserve left backs Ryan Bertrand and Patrick Van Aanholt, both of whom are out on loan. Ben has similar attributes to Ryan Betrand and will look to impress enough to get the regular games. Ben has the added benefit of having no-one to really push him at the moment for the spot which should ensure he get the games he needs.Centre BacksSam Hutchinson:D.O.B: 03/08/1989Having intially started his career at right back Sam was moved into centre back where he has stayed up until now. His chances for the first team so far have all been at full back and i think that is where he will end up. After suffering a string of serious injuries where Sam never thought he would come back from he now finds himself part of Ancelotti's first team plans. It will be very interesting to see how Sam is used this year and it could be a very big year for him indeed.Carl Magnay:D.O.B: 20/01/1989Winner of the second serious of Football Icon Carl has progressed very nicely indeed. He worked his way into the reserves and managed to tie down a place there. He had a couple of loan spells at the tail end of last season which never worked out for him and he has not as of yet gone back on loan. He will obviously look for a loan move A.S.A.P for him to make the next step up. This is a very important season for Carl i feel to see where he goes from here.Jeffrey Bruma:D.O.B: 13/11/1991Having already played for the reserves on a regular basis last season Bruma is playing well above his age level. This is evident in the fact that he has now made his debut for the dutch U21's and will still be eligable to play in the FA youth cup this season. Bruma is a fantastic prospect who will be possibly looking for some first team oppertunities this season, he will continue to be a reserves regular this season and who knows where his season will end? On loan? first team? time will tell.MidfieldersJack CorkD.O.B: 25/06/1989A versitile player Jack initially came through as a centre back, also very adept at playing centre back he then tried his hand in midfield where he has now settled down into a full time role. Jack in a Chelsea formation would play the holding role although a more advanced role would not be out of the question. After various loan spells Jack has found himself out on loan again this time at Coventry. He has earned rave reviews wherever he has gone and is highly regarded at Chelsea. Next season could see him make a move with the first team.Liam BridcuttD.O.B: 08/05/1989Having been captain of the reserves and putting in some decent performances Liam was sent on loan at the tail end of last seson. It didn't really work out for him that time but he has once again gone out this season to Stockport Country and after a bit of red tape trouble has settled down and seems to be doing well. He would need to have an exceptional season for him to look like making the CFC team but Liam is a good player and will find himself a home at good level.Lee SawyerD.O.B: 10/09/1989After an impressive spell on loan last season at Southend United Lee has once again gone back to impress once again. Lee has not really kicked on a level yet but is doing himself justice at Southend. He is another one where it doesn't look like he is going to have a future at Chelsea but will do well himself anyone. A very tenacious player who at times can get himself a little over excited and into trouble.Tom TaiwoD.O.B: 27/02/1990Tom has had a strange time at Chelsea. Having suffered a bad injury he then made a short move to America which didn't work out and then bypassing the reserves altogether has been out on loan. This season at Carlisle United he is earning some rave reviews and the regular football is doing him the world of good. The club i would think would want to test him out a level up and hopefully he can make that step also.Jacob MellisD.O.B: 08/01/1991Jacob had a fantastic season last year for the reserves and put in some excellent performances. A player in the style of Lampard who will pick up his fair share of goals. Jacob is an athletic player who can pick out the perfect pass. Another joining the loan party Jacob is on loan at Southampton where he is yet to really make an impact in the way we know he can, but with time i am sure that will come. Jacob is an exciting prospect and the club will want to take him up a level as soon as possible.Daniel PhilliskirkD.O.B: 10/04/1991Daniel joined us initially as a striker, he soon moved into midfield and took a while to make the adjustment. But he made that adjustment and put in some excellent performances, most notibly in the FA Youth cup against Man U where he was commanding and accurate. A few reserve appearances under his belt now he will look to fully settle in and make an impact there.Michael WoodsD.O.B: 06/04/1990Having suffered a couple of bad injuries Michael is looking to work his way back up to top speed playing regulary for the reserves. Had he not suffered his injuries he would no doubt be out on loan now. His all action style seems to have tailed off at the moment and he doesn't have the same impact he used to but that is where he will be looking to improve and i am sure we will see the old Michael Woods back soon enough.Jacopo SalaD.O.B: 05/12/1991Jacopo is Italian and has played in many positions for us at youth and reserve level. Primarily a winger he is finding his feet now in the diamond, played at the top and on the right side the right side is where he seems the most comfotable. He isn't the most tricky and skillful winger you will see but he gets past his man and puts in good crosses. A good season of reserves football is what Sala will be aiming for this year.Miroslav StochD.O.B: 19/10/1989Miroslav last season worked his way all the way to a first team appearance or 2. This season he has found himself on loan at FC Twente, he is already doing very well indeed and is making a name for himself. Miroslav is a very talented player and although he is playing asa winger at the moment it seems in the current Chelsea set up he is destined for the role behind the striker.Gael KakutaD.O.B: 21/06/1991Gael has found himself chucked into the spotlight with the mess over his transfer all over the press. This does not detract from the fact that Gael is the most gifted player we have in our academy. Suffered a couple of bad injuries in his time with us Gael is back in action and looking to destroy players once again. On the cusp of the first team Gael could suffer from the ban placed on him. StrikersFabio BoriniD.O.B: 23/03/1991A natural goal machine Fabio saw to it that his name was mentioned on a regular basis last season. And his goal haul for youth and reserves certainly did that. This season he has started on the same foot and continues to get the goals on a very regular basis indeed. This has earned him firstly a call up the Champions League squad and then a appearance in the League against spurs. Fabio is in for an exciting season and i hope it goes well for him.Adam PhillipD.O.B: 19/06/1991Adam is another one who has suffered with injury and this season will be looking to come through and break the reserves team. Forming a decent partnership with Borini Phillip is already well among the goals and will look to stay that way. Adam joined Chelsea late having been spotting playing sunday league football at like 14 so unlike the other boys who start at an academy at 8 he is a lot different. He is more raw for this but that isn't a bad thing because he can score goals.Youth TeamGoalkeepersSam WalkerD.O.B: 02/10/1991Sam is a gangly keeper and at over 6 foot already is a big lad. He could do with filling out a bit but that should come with time. He has stepped up this season to first choice for the youth team and so far has done an excellent job. His shot stopping and reactions seem to be very good and with his height he does well on crosses too. With quite a few keepers ahead of him Sam will look to impress this season.Aldi HaxhiaD.O.B: 22/12/1991At one point with Sebek, Heimann and Walker at the club at youth level last season Haxhia was sent out on loan to get him games elsewhere at youth level. Aldi has already played in n emergency at Reserve level but it wasn't the greatest of performances. I think at the moment he is at the club more for numbers than anything else but he has done well when given the chances and if given more chances he will need to put in some big performances.Full BacksTom HaydenD.O.B: 15/10/1991Tom is naturally a right back who can play pretty much anywhere across the back 4 and has plaeyd mainly at left back so far this season. Made joint captain this year Tom is a player who is a solid defender and doesn't too anything over the top. His determination and drive is what has made the club give him captaincy and that is evident in his game.Ben SampayoD.O.B: 10/12/1992Ben is a right back who is going full time this year after being one a few players who juggled full time school and football last season. He has started this season very brightly and has found himself something of a regular in the team, solid and dependable, will get forward and support whenever needed.Aziz Deen-ContehD.O.B: 14/01/1993Aziz is a player in the Nan Ofori mould. Physically very well developed and is an athletic player, having made early strides into the U18's setup Aziz has played in a number of positions but seems to be more at home at left back, he has very good ability going forward and can put in a very good cross, he also can pop up with a goal every now and then.George SavilleD.O.B: 01/06/1993Younger brother of Jack Saville who has now departed George is a left back who has caught the eye of many over the last couple of years. A smaller player by current standards George could do with some sessions is the gym. He is a very composed player though who does his job to great effect.Cenre Backs More to come...................All player profiles written by EskWeston

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JAN SEBEK - GK

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Jan Šebek, born March 31, 1991 is a young Czech goalkeeper for the youth team of Chelsea. The fact that he is Czech makes it impossible for Petr Cech's name to not be mentioned when Sebek is. Even the club seems to have Petr in mind when they signed him from FC Tachov. When his signing was officially announced he was described as 'A Czech Under-16s international goalkeeper who is already 1.96m, the same height as Petr Čech. They will be hoping that he has the same potential as Petr and that he realises this potential with the club.

Jan is evidence of the extensive work being done by the Chelsea scouting network. He was given a trial in January 2007 before he made his czech under 16's debut in the same year. He was snapped up quickly in the summer transfer window before the top clubs in the Czech republic nicked in for his signature. The most intriguing thing about Jan is his ability to also play as an attacker, which he did occasionally for his Czech club.

Unluckily for Jan he got injured after 25 minutes of his under 18's debut and had to be strecthed off. He is currently injured but with time on his side he should be able to shake of the setback and get back on the road to his longterm development.

JACOB MELLIS - AMRC

Jacob Mellis born January 8 1991, is a skillfull attacking midfield player for the Chelsea youth team. He was signed from Sheffield United at the end os last season to continue the improvement of the youth academy at the club.

Jacob was spotted playing for England in an Under 16 competition, where his skills and his attacking play caught the eye of the watching Chelsea and Liverpool scouts. Luckily he decided to join Chelsea and wear the famous blue shirt.

Before joining Chelsea, Jacob was already playing for the Sheffield United reserves while he was only 15 and still at school. The lead to him being an integral member of the under 16's for England. He has made the step up to the England under 17's scoring in the 6-1 routing of Nothern Ireland in August 07. He has already settled in well into the Under 18's and is already featuring for the reserves as well. Jacob is definetely a talent for the future and will be ready for first team football sooner rather than later.

GAEL KAKUTA - AMLC

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Gael Kakuta born 21/06/1991, is a young french player who is currently playing for the Chelsea youth team. Gael is a raw, exciting talent who was signed by Chelsea from Lens. He was scouped up by Chelsea after good scouting work unearthed him as a potential star in the making. the paltry sum of 20,000 pounds that Chelsea reportedly compensated Lens with seems like a bargain already. Gael has fitted in to the under 18 team efficiently, showing his skills and quality. he has already also made a few reserve team appearances even thou he is only 16.

Gael is a left footed attacking midfielder with a low centre of gravity and a lot of power both in body strength and shots. This power also gives him the ability to play a holding role in midfield, but his attacking prowness means he is mot suited to an attacking position. This is also emphasise by the fact that he has scored 3 goals in 4 starts for the under 18's. One of which was a belter from all of 20 yard that flew into the roof of the net. Gael is a very raw talent that if guided and developed well could be a star for the future. He has represented France at under 16 level.

MILAN LALKOVIC - 14 yrs old

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Milan is a young striker for the Chelsea under 16's youth team, he drew comparisons to Barcelona's Bojan due to his style of play and eye for goal.

He was first spotted in a youth match between Slovakia and Hungary where he impressed the staff watching and was subsequently invited to a trial at the club. He didn't do his chances any harm by reportedly scoring 4 goals in 1 youth match, he was invited for four trials in all and after the fourth trail his dad said "A week before the last visit in London we already knew that we would move there and stay on a permanent basis from 1st July," the player’s father told SITA. "Chelsea director of youth development Frank Arnesen announced it to us"

He is already earning rave reviews and he is already playing for the slovakian under 17 team at his tender age.He was part of the Chelsea youth team that played in this years Northern Ireland Milk Cup, where he bagged a couple of goals. Despite Chelsea only reaching the quater-finals, Milan Lalkovic impressed the tournament organizers enough to win the player of the tournament alongside two other players.Milan will undoubtedly be in the under 18 team soon, as his talent surpasses his age category already.

CONNOR CLIFFORD - DM/AMC

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Connor Clifford born 01/10/91, is a highly regarded young player signed from Crumlin United in Ireland a team that had Robbie Keane in its youth team once. At the time of his signing and up till now he is regarded as one of the most talented players in the Irish junior ranks. He was spotted playing for his club and country in junior competitions where he attracted interest from a host of clubs. Luckily Chelsea were first to his signature and he has signed a youth contract and a profession one is also in place as soon as he turns 17.

Connor is a very comfotable central midfielder that lives to get forward at every opportunity and he is also tenacious and does not shy from a tackle. He can play the conventional midfield role or the defensive midfield position. He can also play the attacking midfield position. This characteristics gets him his fair share of goals. Connor is probably the youngest U16 International that ever played for Ireland. He made his debut against Switzerland when he was 13.

Connor is now a regular in the Chelsea under 16's and the captain of Ireland under17's. He recently bagged a brace in an under 16's fixture.

FRANK HERMANN NOUBLE - ST

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Frank Nouble, born 24 September 1991, is a fast and tricky striker that currently plays for the Chelsea youth team. He is still a schoolboy but he has already featured for the under 18's this season scoring a goal in the process. Frank was a key figure in the under 16's last season and he scored a hat-trick in a match against the St Gallen youth team in The Swiss Under 16 Cup. His pace and trickery makes him a nightmare for defenders to deal with. His 6ft 4in frame and his ability to hold the ball up does not make it an easier for defenders. His pedigree is already being noticed at the under 18's level even thou he could still be playing at the under 16's. This season he has made 1 start and 3 sub appearances for the under 18's scoring 2 goals. He has form a formidable strike partnership with Adam Phillip in the junior ranks.

Ivorian born Frank Nouble is multi- talented as he also compete's in junior inter school athletic events. He is also tipped for a great future in atheletics as much as in football.

JOSH McEACHRAN - AMLC

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Born 01/03/93, Josh is a diminutive left sided midfielder, with bags of pace and skill who likes to run at players and get crosses into the box. He can also play in central midfield and he is highlt regarded amongst the Chelsea Academy staff. He is tipped for promotion to the under 18's squad sooner rather than latter.

He has made his Junior international debut featuring for the England under 16's in a match against Northern Ireland. He started the game against Northern Ireland impressively running at the opposition defence but injury saw him unfortunately substituted in the game.

RHYS TAYLOR - GK

Rhys Taylor was born on the 7th of April 1990 in Neath, West Glamorgan, Wales.He is a goalkeeper in his second season at Chelsea, Rhys was given early games in the youth team when he joined the academy, he impressed enough to started getting games on a more regular basis. He is a tall goalkeeper who is comfortable coming for crosses and at the same time he is regarded as an excellent shot stopper.

His penalty saves for the Chelsea team in the 2006 Milk cup against Porto further reinforced his reputation of penalty saving and shot stopping. By the time he joined Chelsea he was already capped at Under 16 level for his home country Wales, He went on to be a Wales Under 19 international, and was recently selected in the squad for the Milk Cup tournament in August. He has also represented Wales at Under 21 level going on to play in a competitive match in the qualifying match for the UEFA Under 21 European Championships between Wales and France.

The amazing thing is Rhys age and the level he is playing at already. He is set to become the number 1 goalkeeper for the Reserves after playing only a year with the academy due to the sale of Yves Makalambay. Rhys is definitely heading in the right direction to getting a chance to play for Chelsea in the future. He can be regarded as our 4th or 5th choice goalkeeper and might get a first team appearance before the end of the year.

NANA OFORI TWUMASI - RB

Full Name: Seth Nana Ofori-Twumasi - Born:

Outstanding and super-talented Right Wing Back, Nana Ofori is very very fast…packed with loads of speed!! He is a huge talent at Chelsea, a good defender and has a lot of promise and potential. Don’t be surprised if Nana Ofori rises through the ranks and become a big superstar in the very near future. Nana Ofori is a ghanian born right back, who has a good engine to get up and down the flanks while also having good physical attributes, he is strong and can also cross the ball from deep or the byline. he is not much of a dribbler iin the alves mould but he can get past players effectively. His development and recent years has been rapid he was a regular in the youth tem in 2006 but has already got the call up to the reserves this year. he has also represented England at under 16 and under 17 levels.

He was included in England's under 17 world cup team for the 2007 edition and he featured in all te games bar one when he was suspended. Nana is definetely one for the future if he continues to develop at this rate. A spell on loan this season or the next cud be the next step for him in his development.

RYAN BERTRAND Age: 18 - LB

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Ryan Bertrand (born 5 August 1989 in Southwark, London, England) is a higly rated youngster from our youth squad, he is currently playing for Oldham Athletic on loan where he is already a first teamer playing 5 of oldham's games by september.

He is a fast, attacking left-back, converted from a winger. he was purchased from Gillingham and he has received an England Under-17 call-up.Bertrand now plays for the England Under-19 team and is a regular for Chelsea reserves.He spent some of the 2006-07 season on loan at Bournemouth, at the same time as fellow Chelsea youngster Jack Cork. Unfortunately he suffered a ruptured spleen in a Youth team game against Arsenal that ruled him out of the latter part of that season.[1]

In August 2007 Bertrand joined Oldham Athletic on loan until January 2008. Betrand is in the Ashley Cole mould and they av a similar style of play, he is regarded as one of the next batch of youngsters that will break through to the first team but with Ashley Cole and Wayne Bridge ahead of him he will av his work cut out for him.

PATRICK VAN AANHOLT - LB

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Patrick Van Aanholt born 29.08.90, is a technically gifted leftback that joined Chelsea from PSV this summer. In the junior ranks of PSV, he built a reputation of being a strong defender, who also holds a threat when goes into the attacking mode.He scored a tally of six goals last season. He made his debut for PSV before he made the switch to join Chelsea.

He has already made the Leftback position in the reserves his own in the absence of Bertrand, also showing his attacking abilities with a thunderbolt of a strike in one of the earlier fixtures of the reserves league.

HARRY WORLEY - CB

Harry Worley (Born November 25 1988, in Warrington) standing at 6ft 3in, is a tall centreback for the reserve team. He is an accomplished defender that puts his height to good use in clearing high balls into the box. He was signed from Stockport in 2005 where he was already atrracting interest from several clubs before Chelsea beat them to his signature. A tribunal fee of 150,000 pounds was set for his transfer from Stockport to Chelsea and further payments are due to stockport if he progresses.

He had a stint on loan at Doncaster rovers towards the end of last season and he went on to make 10 league appearances for them gaining valuable first team experience. At the start of this season he went out on loan to Carlisle United for a month and he made one league appearance for them. He has been on the fringes of the first team before as he was selected on the bench for the 2007 FA Community Sheild. He has recently returned from loan and has slotted in at the centreback position for the reserves.

For Harry to progress further he will need regular first team football as the chances are very limited in the first team due to the calibre of the centrebacks Chelsea have in their stables. So another loan move, probably a season long one might be the best option for him.

CARL MAGNAY - DC

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Carl Magnay born 27/01/1989, is already a familar name and face with Chelsea fans who watched the football reality program Football Icon on Sky where he finished the winner of a youth contract with the team. But what has been suprising for most Chelsea fans is his progress at the club. Unlike his predecessor who won the competition before him, Carl has sustained his development enough for the club to keep him in the ranks and not only did he played regularly in the youth ranks, he has made the step up to the reserves and has kept his head and composure enough to be included in the official reserve squad.

Carl is a tall centreback who not only resembles the fans' favourite John Terry physically but also plays exactly like him. This is not a coincidence as Carl idolises Terry and has based his game on the England captain. He is constantly diving in for tackles with no holds barred and clearing the box with headers back out. Carl is also capable of being a danger in the opposite box when the team are taking corners. He was one of the best and most consistent players in this year's Championship Youth Cup squad. His story is a remarkable one about not giving up your dreams because he was playing in the Leeds academy with Tom Taiwo and Michael Woods before he was released. He spent time playing non-league football before the opportunity of FootbalL Icon came along. He is on course in his development and this season might be one where he further reinforces himself into the reserves ranks.

JACK CORK - RB/CB/LB or CM

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Jack Cork, the son of former Wimbledon player Alan Cork, (Born June 25, 1989) is the current reserve team captain. He is a very versatile player who can play across the defence and is also comfortable in midfield. He is most comfortable in the centreback or defensive midfield position. He is Chelsea through and through and he has been with the club since the age of 9. He was a regular in all the youth levels before he moved up to the reserves.

He is highly regarded in the club and he was taken to the pre season training camp in America where he played a couple of games for the squad at Left back. He has also made his Debut for the England under 19 squad and he is included in the squad for the up coming under 19 qualifiers from 12th Oct 2007 - 19th Oct 2007.

He had a stint on loan at Bournemouth in the 2006/2007 season where he went on to make 9 appearances for the club. He is currently out on loan at Scunthorpe United where he has made 3 appearances against the likes of Watford, Colchester and Bristol City.

LIAM BRIDCUTT - DC/DM

Liam Bridcutt (born 8th April 1989) is a tough tackling defensive midfielder thats plays for the reserves. He is also occasionally used as a defender, but he is more suited to the Makalele role in front of the back four. He reads the game well and puts himself about, breaking down the opposition's play, he is also very comfortable on the ball and can start attacks after winning the ball. He is a direct product of the Chelsea Academy. He made the most appearances for the Under 18's team last season while also racking up appearances for the reserves.

He signed a proffesional contract with the club last season and he has already started this sreason on a good note, appearing regularly for the reserves and performing consistently. Even thou his position is not flamboyant, he is already catching the eye with his performances and might be out on loan to gain regular first team experience soon.

MICHAEL WOODS - CM

Michael Woods Born born 6 April 1990 in York, Leeds is a midfielder for Chelsea. He joined after a higly publicised tranfers wrangle with Leeds football club where he had started his early development with the academy. Chelsea agreed a compensation package for him and Tom Taiwo with Leeds before he became a Chelsea player. Both players had been spotted playing in junior tournaments for England where they were impressive and the recruitment process began in earnest. Upon joining Chelsea in 2006, Woods slotted comfortably into the under 18's and reserves midfield.

Woods is a very comfortable midfielder player in the Frank Lampard mould. In fact lampard picked him as the player he considered as the most promising in the academy and willingly joked about Woods taking his position in future. Woods caught the eye of the Chelsea scouts during his midfield displays for the England Under 16's where he made 7 appearances. After joining Chelsea, Woods featured for the under england Under 17's and it took Michael just six minutes to announce himself on the U17s stage, waltzing through the Turkey defence on his debut before blasting into the top corner. A busy midfielder, Michael became the fourth youngest player in Chelsea's history when he came on as a sub against Macclesfield in the Third Round of The FA Cup. He also started every game of the U17 World Cup in August 2007. Ironically he came on for Frank Lampard in that match. He has already made 2 appearances for Chelsea in the F.A Cups and might be getting some match actions in this years competition if fixtures permit. Big things are expected of Michael Woods and the general believe is that he will come of age sooner than later.

MIROSLAV STOCH - (aka Mino) - AMRLC

Miroslav Stoch was born: 19th October 1989 in Nitra, Slovakia. He was one of those kids that you are likely never to see without a football somewhere in sight. He was well guided by his father who sported his talent at an early age and placed him with his local town's academy of Nitra Fc. Mino as his family calls him became a star player for different age groups of his club that he played for. He was the star player in most of the age groups he played for and he had a keen eye for goal. He developed his goal scoring abilities by arriving on the training pitch earlier than his teammates and praticing his shooting.

His hardwork paid off as he was drafted into Nitra's firts team after scoring a hattrick in an under 17 match, he was only 15 then and due to age restrictions in the slovakian league he couldnt feature until his 16th birthday. He made his first team debut at the age of 16 and by this time he was already being watched and noticed by european scouts. Lucky Chelsea hade scouts in one of the international competition he played in and offered him a trial around the same time that Nice football club was about to sign him. he duly impressed and was signed into Chelsea's youth academy.

Mino is a typical winger with a lot of pace, dribbling skills and a low centre of ravity that makes him hard to cope with. He was a regular for the under 18's last season and scoring 11 goals. he ended the season has top scorer for the under 18's even thou he played all the time on the wings. he has already scored 5 times this season and has made the progression up to the reserves after impressing again in the early under 18's fixture. Stoch bases his game on his two footballing idols ronaldinho and ronaldo and tries to emulate them on the pitch. he was by far the best player Chelsea had on show in the youth cup tournament held in malaysia this year.

Stoch is very much on the fringes of the first team and is highly likely to make his debut for the first team this year fixtures permitting.

He has taken over where Scott sinclair left of and could be out on loan soon to get regular experience.

RICARDO FERNANDES - AMRLC

Ricardo Fernandes (born 28 March 1989 in Leiria). Age : 18

One of Chelsea’s two young Portuguese players, Ricardo is an attacking midfielder in his third season in England having been signed from Sporting Lisbon in summer 2005. He was a regular in Portugal U17s last season and the season before, as well as a youth team regular. he has also made a couple of reserve appearances. He is a comfortable player on the ball with trickery and a good turn of speed. He tries to base his play onFrank Lampard and spent time on the training pitch with him. He is a natural winger with a low centre of gravity but he is also comfortable in the pocket behind the strikers. His development has been slightly hampered by injuries.

Unfortunately he suffered a serious knee injury in March 2007 and is unlikely to be fully-fit until the summer of 2008

SHAUN CUMMINGS - DR/ST

Shaun Cummings (born 25 February 1989 in Hammersmith, London) is a Stiker/ a right back for the reserves of Chelsea. His best position on the pitch is debateable as he has put in some good performances in both position. He is a composed player with a good range of passing, he is also a good crosser of the ball hence his quick adaptation to the rightback position. He started out as a striker for the club before getting converted to a defender. In recent games for the reserves he has being playing upfront.

He is a product of the Academy having been with the club since the Under 12 age group and progressed rapidly from the Youth Team to the Reserves. The 2007/08 season will be his third year as a full-time Chelsea player. Shaun might be due a loan move soon to get first team experience as that is the next step for him in his development.

FABIO FERREIRA -AMR

Fabio Ferreira born born 3 May 1989, is a right winger that plays for the Chelsea reserves. He was signed controversially along with his old Sporting Lisbon team mate Ricardo Fernandes in the summer of 2005. He played regularly for the Portugal under 17 squad that season making a number of appearances. He bagged two goals in the first nine appearances he made for the academy and also made his first full start for the reserves against Portsmouth in April 2006. He has also represented Portugal at Under 19's level.

He is a winger in the Cristiano Ronaldo mould which is not suprising being that he was nutured earlier in the same Lisbon academy. He is quick and with a good turn of pace and an ability to get past players. His pace and tricky gets him his fair share of assists and a lot of fouls being commited against him. He signed a proffessional contract at the end of the 2006 season but he is yet to make his full debut yet.

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my mate plays for the youth his names matt cornhill nd his 18 v good footballer,gna go far i think!

KENT_BLUE

An 18 year old that plays for the Chelsea youth team yet has never been mentioned? If he is there he isn't going no-where, most the youth team are 16/17.

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yeah it's not all about the superstars, it's about these young men as well, we seem to have a tremendous array of "kids" who hopefully are the superstars of the future, it's always interesting who's about, what's happening etc.

regards:JBD

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Slobodan Rajkovic isn't on the profile list?

Well technically he isn't an official player for us yet. Not sure if he has even stepped foot in cobham yet.

Plus these are the profiles for the reserves and Youth teams and Raijkovic doesn't belong to either at the moment.

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Well technically he isn't an official player for us yet. Not sure if he has even stepped foot in cobham yet.

Plus these are the profiles for the reserves and Youth teams and Raijkovic doesn't belong to either at the moment.

Oh, okay.

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Will this be updated for new Youth players or is it strictly for Reserves?

Reserves and youth! Both will be updated shortly.

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