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At least three Chelsea youngsters – Fikayo Tomori, Mason Mount and Tammy Abraham are expected to be in the starting lineup against Manchester City on Saturday evening.
Callum Hudson-Odoi and Reece James have also been a huge part of the squad and will most definitely be in substitute list. The rise of these Chelsea academy boys is still being talked about, and the Chelsea youngsters have proven that they have what it takes to make their name in the Premier League and at the highest level.
Before now, the biggest test for these youngsters was in Champions League against Ajax and they showed that they were up to the task. Their next game however is a big step-up and a different kind of test, as the Blues will be facing Premier League reigning champions Manchester City – at a ground where the Blues lost 6-0 last season.
Meanwhile, Chelsea legend Pat Nevin is expecting the young lads from the academy to live up to the challenge and insists that this is the start of something special for the Chelsea youngsters.
Nevin said: “Almost effortlessly the likes of the 22-year-old Tammy will play for his country, score, play against the Premier League champions and then get ready for a crucial and defining away group game in the Champions League against Valencia, all in 13 days!
“A few months ago none of these lads would have been considered first team starters for the Blues and four of them weren’t even at the club, still being out on loan. It is completely incredible. Historically, for most footballers, games of this weight could be career-defining moments. For these kids it feels like nothing more than the very start of something extremely special.”