• Pierce O'Malley

Chelsea's Golden Boys

Callum Hudson-Odoi, Ethan Ampadu, Billy Gilmour, and Tino Anjorin have all been included in the 100 player shortlist for the 2020 Golden Boy award. Last year, Portugal's Joao Felix won the award ahead of Borussia Dortmund's Jadon Sancho. While it is very unlikely that the four nominated Chelsea players will win the award, it is an amazing honor for these young players to receive the nomination.

Callum Hudson-Odoi has featured in a few games this year but has not exceeded the expectations many Chelsea fans were hoping for as he had a breakout season last year under Maurizio Sarri. Callum will be looking to make an impact when the season resumes later in June as there is immense competition for the winger position under Frank Lampard. If he ends the season in great form it will put a lot of pressure under The Blues manager to decide who will link up with new signing Timo Werner and Hakim Ziyech next year.

Ethan Ampadu had a promising preseason before going out on loan to Bundesliga side RB Leipzig earlier this season. Chelsea fans were looking forward to seeing the Wales international youngster take on the challenge of the Bundesliga but was ridden with injuries that kept him out of the spotlight. However, before Ampadu's season-ending injury, he started for RB Leipzig in the Champions League against Tottenham Hotspur and showed exactly what he can do as a calm and commanding player. Ampadu was easy on the ball and looked like a true veteran if the game playing in the center back role for the Bundesliga side. Now that the Welshman is back in training in Germany, Chelsea fans can hope to see him break into the side next season either as a center back or a holding midfielder.

Billy Gilmour has been one of the most talked-about youngsters in world football this year after his unbelievable performance against Liverpool in the FA Cup just before the season came to a halt. Gilmour owned the midfield against the champions of Europe and sent Brazilian midfielder Fabinho back to the changing room after and excellent cut-in which was seen all around the world. The Scotsman has a bright future ahead of him with the likes of Steven Gerrard and Roy Keane admiring the nineteen-year old's maturity and skill on the pitch. He is pegged to become one of the best midfielders in the world in the coming years as he has shown glimpses of the magic he can produce when playing in Chelsea's midfield.

Tino Anjorin has only appeared in two Chelsea first-team games this season but has most notably been known for his outstanding performances in Chelsea's Academy these past few years. His most notable performance was against Arsenal in the 2018 FA Youth Cup when Chelsea won 7-1 as he scored the final goal of the match. Anjorin was featured in Chelsea's first team when they beat Grimsby Town 7-1 in the Carabao Cup. He came on as a substitute for Willian in the Premier League when Chelsea won 4-0 over Everton just before the season was immediately halted for the foreseeable future.

These four Chelsea youngsters have caught the eyes of many fans around the world and will be looking to burst onto the scene next year. Chelsea fans might see a few glimpses of these players when the Premier League returns in June, but the real test will be how they do at the start of next season.

To vote for the 2020 Golden Boy here: https://m.tuttosport.com/sondaggi/calcio/golden-boy/2020/06/15-70739285/vota_il_golden_boy_2020_le_100_nomination/

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