Marc Guehi. Chelsea's latest youth player to be thrown into the senior team limelight.
Since Frank Lampard took over at the club, more and more youths are pushing to prove themselves as they angle for a jump to the senior team.
With Tammy Abraham, Fikayo Tomori, Mason Mount, and Billy Gilmour all having been given game time this season, there is hope and optimism among young players who in the past have been sucked in the abundance of the many young players at the club, who end up in different teams thanks to lack of opportunities.
It's however impossible to notice that it's only a matter of time before the 19-year old defender breaks into the first team.
Guehi was born on July 13, 2000, in Ivory Coast, but moved to England as a youngster and has since turned out for the Young Lions.
Guehi has been with the club since the Under-8 age group, and recently committed his future to the club by signing a longterm contract, which will keep him at the Bridge until at least 2022.
He is all that you would want to see in a modern defender; pacy, powerful, strong, dominant in the air, great on the ball and a good passer; both long and short.
He is a natural leader, and it is no surprise he has captained the youth teams through the ranks and he can only get better with time.
He has since represented the club the youth teams at different levels, including the Under-15 and Under-16.
Guehi was a mainstay in the Under-18 team and led them to a treble in the 2016/17 season. He has also captained the England Under-17s and was seconds away from winning the European Championship title in the summer of 2017.
He went on to feature in all games at the Under-17 World Cup later in the year, scoring in the 5-2 final victory against Spain.
The Ivory Coast-born defender joined the Under-19s squad in 2018/19 and was a regular at the heart of the team's defence.
Following his steady growth, he was called up to the senior team by Lampard and featured in a preseason friendly match against Bohemians, fitting alongside Cezar Azpilicueta.
He was named in Frank Lampards' Champions League squad among other five young players and was on the bench as Chelsea lost to Valencia at home on Tuesday night.
He became an internet sensation early in April following his outrageous penalty in the quarterfinals of the UEFA Youth League as they qualified to face Barcelona.
Nerves of steel from Marc Guehi... 😎 pic.twitter.com/I4lvF2g4dn— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) April 6, 2019
With Lampard showing the willingness to offer the young players a chance, Guehi's upward trajectory can only but keep rising.
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