Chelsea aren't a club known for their willingness to give youth players a chance in the first team.
With the deep pockets of Roman Abramovich on hand to attract virtually any superstar the manager of the day wants, it is no surprise many of the Blues’ academy starlets struggle to overcome the final hurdle.
The likes of Nathaniel Chalobah, Dominic Solanke, Ola Aina and Ruben Loftus-Cheek have recently managed to earn themselves a handful of first team minutes, but it is unlikely they will be joined by more academy graduates any time soon.
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One player whom Chelsea rate extremely highly yet are holding off on throwing into the senior squad is Charlie Colkett.
The 20-year-old – who penned a three-year contract at Stamford Bridge in April – is currently on loan at Bristol Rovers and giving his parent club a reason or two to keep an eye on his progress.
Colkett – a central midfielder by trade – came off the bench at half-time in a League One clash against MK Dons on Wednesday night and demonstrated the poise of a man well beyond his years.
The England Under 20 international produced the moment of the match – and probably a contender for pass of the season – to help inspire a remarkable 3-3 comeback at Stadium mk.
With 87 minutes on the clock, the youngster showed incredible poise to execute an outrageous back-heel through ball and set up the second goal for the visitors.
Check out the delightful flick in the video below.
Buoyed by the magnificent goal, Bristol Rovers went on to grab the equaliser just a minute later and rescue a point to keep themselves in the top ten on the league table.
Chelsea fans will be hoping the piece of skill is only a snapshot of Colkett’s class and the first glimpse of his potential to pull on a blue shirt in the Premier League.
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