View: Chelsea may regret losing Samuel Iling-Junior as he makes Juventus debut
Samuel Iling-Junior made his senior Juventus debut just two years after leaving the ranks at Chelsea, and they may regret letting him leave.
The England Under-19 international is one of a number of talents churned out by the Stamford Bridge starlet factory.
Reece James, Tammy Abraham, Fikayo Tomori, Jamal Musiala and Marc Guehi are just a few of the names who have come from Chelsea’s academy system.
Juventus were 4-0 to the good when the clock struck the 85th minute and the Old Lady’s boss Massimiliano Allegri looked towards Iling-Junior to come on and make his debut.
Chelsea were keen on trying to keep Iling-Junior in west London, but the failure to provide him with the promise of first-team football led him astray to Turin.
It’s tough to keep onto your team’s best young talents, especially when Chelsea produces so many of them, they arguably have the most lucrative academy system in world football.
The Londoners may rue this transfer dealing though, the English midfielder looks like the real deal and will likely take the Serie A by storm if given the chance to perform.
Iling-Junior’s apparent ambition would be welcomed within any first-team setup in the Premier League, a priceless attribute needed to thrive in the English top flight.
The youngster is also as versatile as they come, he started off his footballing life playing as a left-back and can be deployed on either flank as well as in the number 10 role.
He’s even been trusted as a central striker during his youth days at Chelsea due to his devastating pace and eagerness to chase down balls.
Time will tell if Chelsea comes out of this one red-faced, although, they’ll always have the opportunity to buy him back with the eccentric money-splashing owner Todd Boehly.
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