Chelsea manager Graham Potter has been showering plaudits upon his young stars during the club break for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, with one talent in particular dazzling.
Omari Hutchinson, signed from the Arsenal academy last summer after seven years in north London, rejoined the club he commenced his youth career with at a very early age.
And now the 19-year-old is bearing semblance to former Blues icon Eden Hazard, with coaches at the Cobham academy even likening his skill set to that of the Belgian, who left Stamford Bridge for Real Madrid in a seismic £130m deal in 2019.
Last week, the Blues played out a 1-0 defeat to Aston Villa in the Challenge Cup in Dubai, maintaining fitness levels and fluidity ahead of the forthcoming return for competitive club action.
Against Villa, Hutchinson sparkled among his senior peers, with Potter lauding the young ace for his contribution.
Despite the defeat, the starlet had success soaring up and down the flanks and terrorising the Villans with his marvellous blend of pace and tricky that belies his inexperience on the senior stage.
Potter said: “He was really good, dangerous, and asked a question all the time.
“Throughout the game he showed his quality but he wasn’t the only one. It was a spirited performance with a lot of young players so it was good.”
The talented forward, who is still yet to make his professional debut, has flourished at youth level regardless, scoring six goals and six assists apiece for the Chelsea youth team in just 15 appearances.
His talent is starting to shine through, and his shot to impress is seemingly just around the corner, and with his manager now increasingly drawn to the player, he might just set the Premier League on fire in the near future.
And with the recent ACL injury to Armando Broja, who is reportedly set to be sidelined for over six months, Hutchinson might find himself at the centre of more frequent opportunities in the Blues team, with Potter still seeking the answer for a free-flowing offence.
With Chelsea’s academy known to thrive, yet fail to present a platform for success in the first-team, Hutchinson certainly took a gamble in departing from the Gunners, where he was regarded as one of the hottest prospects at the outfit, and attempt to break through the ice at Chelsea.
It was a bold move, but the teenage sensation is – rightfully – confident in his abilities and his growing potential, and when unleashed, he might just ascend to the very front of the pack, emulating Hazard in his football on the pitch.
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