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Chelsea academy graduate Martell Taylor-Crossdale has agreed a two-year deal at Craven Cottage following the expiry of his contract with the Blues last month.
The 19-year-old striker was highly rated at Chelsea after picking up the golden boot in the under-18 Premier League in 2017, before being part of the England under-18 squad that lifted the Toulon Tournament trophy that summer.
Limited first team opportunities at Chelsea seem to be the reason why he opted to leave Chelsea this summer and he has said he’s delighted to have a pathway into senior football with Fulham.
Speaking to Fulham’s official website, Taylor-Crossdale said: “I’m ready to go here and show everyone what I can do.
“I felt coming here presented the perfect opportunity to push into the first team. I had a look at the pathway into the first team and I’m hopeful I can breakthrough to impress the manager.
“I’m a player who likes to run in-behind. I’m good in the box and know where the net is, I hope I can score lots of goals for Fulham.”
Following his acquisition, Fulham’s Academy Director Huw Jennings said: “We are delighted to secure the services of Martell. He has been a prolific goal scorer at youth level for Chelsea and joins us with the opportunity to develop his career at Fulham from this solid base.”
With Frank Lampard now Chelsea boss, Chelsea can be sure of keeping our talented youngsters at the club as youngsters can be sure of making the step up to the first team if they are good enough.
Youngsters like Mason Mount, Tammy Abraham, Billy Gilmour, Ethan Ampadu and Fikayo Tomori have all impressed for the Blues during pre-season and some of them are expected to stay at the club this season.