The Chelsea youth team has enjoyed great successes in the past year, reaching the final in both the FA Youth Cup and the Next Gen series.

There have been several stand-out performers such as Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Islam Feruz, Lewis Baker and Dutchman, Nathan Aké.

Ake however, was the only player from Chelsea’s youth team to be given a first-team opportunity last season, and a well deserved one too.

He made his senior Chelsea debut as a substitute against Norwich City in December before starting in a FA Cup fixture away to Middlesbrough, impressing in both as he appeared cool in possession and portrayed composure far beyond his years.

The Dutch Under-19 international’s next first-team opportunities came in the Europa League where his performance was one of the positives out of a disappointing 3-2 away loss to Rubin Kazan.

He also made a substitute appearance against FC Basel, replacing David Luiz as Chelsea secured a spot in the Europa League final.

His first Premier League appearance came on the final day in a home beating of Everton - Ake was voted man of the match by fans after an outstanding performance.

He has shown that he can cut it at this level and with recent reports suggesting he is eager to stay at Chelsea, I see no reason why we should not keep him.

He has useful versatility in that he can play as a holding midfielder or a ball-playing centre-back and at the young age of 18, he will certainly not be expecting week-in week-out appearances as a starter.

Although Ake has much to learn, he is a talented player who most definitely could have a role to play in our team next season - I only hope Jose Mourinho sees similar potential within him.


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