“We’ve definitely got players here that can go to the top.”
Those were the words of Chelsea U-18 boss Jody Morris after his side’s emphatic 5-1 victory in the second leg of the FA Youth Cup final at Stamford Bridge last night.
Having sat in the press box watching intently throughout what was a thoroughly engaging 90 minutes of football showcasing some of the country’s finest young talent; it is clear to see why Morris believes their are future stars amongst his rank of schoolboys.
The former Chelsea midfielder first became involved in the U-18’s set-up at the Blues just under three seasons ago, where he became assistant to former manager Joe Edwards before taking the reigns himself last summer. After an trophy-clad two season stint as assistant in which the U-18’s won back-to-back FA Youth Cups and UEFA Youth League titles, as well as enjoyed successful league campaigns, Morris has continued in the same vein at the helm.
Last night’s demolition job of Lee Carsley’s Manchester City meant Morris’ side retained the FA Youth Cup for the fourth consecutive season, an achievement unparalleled in English football history at under-18 level.
Amongst those immensely prosperous sides of the past few years were a number of familiar names who are now pushing towards the promised land of first-team action at the Bridge, including Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Tammy Abraham and Nathaniel Chalobah.
However Morris’ is fully aware that he has gifted players of his own under his wing, none less so than these three who shone at the Bridge last night.