FAUSTINO ANJORIN confirmed his prowess, when he made his European debut within the Champions League lifeless rubber in opposition to Krasnodar again on December 8.
A midfield powerhouse – the 19-year-old box-to-box participant grew up idolising present Blues supervisor Frank Lampard.
Faustino Anjorin made his debut for Chelsea within the Carabao Cup in opposition to GrimsbyCredit score: Getty – Contributor
Anjorin can play as a basic No10 or in a deeper midfield positionCredit score: Getty – Contributor
And the attacking midfielder is so highly-rated in West London, he made his debut within the Carabao Cup tie in opposition to Grimsby City final season.
Frank Lampard, who has made it his mission to promote the youngsters from the academy, has religion within the uncooked expertise, as does his assistant Jody Morris – and the pair have been impressed by Anjorin’s fast rise since they arrived on the membership.
The teen additionally has a knack for locating the again of the web, scoring essential targets final season within the UEFA Youth League, Premier League 2 and within the EFL Trophy.
He managed 11 targets in 27 video games final season, earlier than the coronavirus halted youth soccer.
And his progress inside the Blues academy has seen him in comparison with fellow graduate Ruben Loftus-Cheek.
A NOD TO TINO ASPRILLA
Anjorin was born in Poole to a Nigerian father and a English mum.
Amazingly, he was named after the Colombian legend Faustino Asprilla who famously grew to become the primary participant to attain a hat trick in opposition to Barcelona within the Champions League when he was enjoying up entrance for Newcastle.
Born in Poole, Anjorin was named after Faustino AsprillaCredit score: Getty – Contributor
By the age of seven Anjorin was scouted by Chelsea and invited to coach of their youth set-up earlier than formally becoming a member of on the age of 9.
It was a dream come true for the boy, who idolised John Obi Mikel and Frank Lampard and wished to play for a similar membership.
By the age of 16, Anjorin, who stands at a powerful 6ft 1 in, lifted the FA Youth Cup in 2018.
Not solely was he the youngest participant within the Chelsea facet that beat Arsenal 7-1 over two legs, his purpose to finish the rout was the icing on the cake.
Internationally, Anjorin’s type has been equally as spectacular because it has for his membership, and the FA have excessive hopes for him.
He has performed for England at each junior stage as much as the Underneath-19’s, however and not using a full cap to his identify there might be a tussle with Nigeria for his companies sooner or later.
Goalscoring is in Anjorin’s bloodCredit score: Rex Options
Each-footed, Anjorin signed a five-year contract with the Blues in the summertime – reportedly turning down curiosity from different Premier League golf equipment.
Technically sound, regardless of his lanky body, he’s adept at operating with the ball at tempo and is robust in possession.
And he is received respectable imaginative and prescient, typically ready to select the proper move for a ahead to run on to.
However it’s his ending that helps him stand out from the group.
In actual fact, Jody Morris as soon as revealed he was the “finest finisher on the membership”.
His father Sheriff instructed Goal.com his son stood out from an early age – enjoying in opposition to boys aged six when he was simply three.
Sheriff mentioned: “He was all the time the standout participant, individuals knew him earlier than he even knew find out how to spell his identify.
“He’s a goalscoring midfielder within the Frank Lampard mould. Lampard was one in every of his idols, however so had been Lionel Messi and Zinedine Zidane.
“He has a excessive stage of technical means, nice ending high quality and a fantastic passing vary.
Frank Lampard and Jody Morris anticipate massive issues from AnjorinCredit score: Getty – Contributor
“We felt that the Chelsea atmosphere was excellent for Tino. It has actually stretched him.
“The coaching has all the time been tougher than the matches, he is extremely aggressive and he simply needs to get on the pitch and beat his opponent.”
And he has his likelihood to impress, this time on the highest stage of membership soccer.