Billy Knott will be hoping to haunt his former club when Bradford City take on Chelsea at Stamford Bridge in the FA Cup on Saturday.
The midfielder spent three years in the Chelsea academy and captained a successful under 16’s team to second place in the 2008 Cobham Cup.
Knott was highly tipped to become a star of the youth set-up until a serious cruciate ligament injury severely hindered his chances of ever featuring regularly for the full side.
Redemption in his sights this Saturday
However his time at the Bridge ended rather darkly when in 2009 he was suspended for breach of discipline and later let go when further transgression was apparently made in early 2010.
Following his departure from the Blues, Knott was signed by Sunderland and loaned out to a number of clubs before permanently signing for the Bantams at the start of this season.
The 22 year-old has been an outstanding performer in League One his season and cannot wait to get back to London, telling Bradford's official club website: “I think I kept my family up almost all night talking about this game!
“It will be a great day out for the fans and we’re all looking forward to it.”
Knott is fully aware of the difficulty of the task ahead though, with the Blues a formidable force sitting a full five points clear at the top of the Premier League tree.
“As everyone knows, Chelsea are Chelsea. They probably have some of the best players in the world in their team, but everybody in the starting eleven and on the bench will be giving it their all to push the team as far as we can.”
Regardless of the scoreline Knott will be desperate to put in a strong personal performance, if nothing else to prove he's on the right path to carving out a strong career in the game despite the disappointing way he left West London as a youngster.
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