When you look at the array of talent within the Chelsea academy, you can see just how good our scouting process is now, we have an incredible display of talent in the ranks and its refreshing to see. One player in particular who has really caught my eye lately is 16-year-old striker, Alex Kiwomya. His name is being ever mentioned among Chelsea supporters and staff alike as he continues to receive rave reviews on his progress, and here is another one to add to your list Alex.
On hearing that Kiwomya hit a double strike in a recent Chelsea Under-21 friendly Vs Northampton, did not surprise me. He struck twice as a substitute as Chelsea beat Northampton 2-0, he was very impressive yet again when he came on and really made a statement.
You may well recognise the surname, that will be because Alex is the nephew of former Arsenal and Ipswich striker Chris Kiwomya, who also scored some goals in his time. Clearly though Alex has a better choice of teams to play for!
One super strength that Alex possess, is the ability to run fast, and I mean very fast. He is actually an accomplished junior athlete, being amongst the fastest 100m runners in the country in every age group he has competed. His pace is dangerous, and he also has the ability to finish and a real eye for goal. As a centre forward, making intelligent perfectly timed runs, having that much pace is certainly the best kind of asset you can have, and Alex uses it to perfection.
At the mere age of 15 he made his first appearance for Chelsea reserves, proving his worth. But he was still young and after that, he returned to the Under-18s, where he was mainly used as a substitute, and an extremely affective one at that as he scored all his 8 goals that season, coming off the bench. Imagine how many he would have scored if he started more games?
Kiwomya faces stiff competition for a starting place this season, but he will be strongly looked at by Dermot Drummy now he is that bit older and has gained a little more strength. An exciting season lies ahead for the talented youngster.
Already catching the eye on the international stage, playing and scoring a goal for the Under-16s, and even winning the Sky Sports Victory Shield. Along with that honour he has also won the FA Youth Cup with Chelsea, using his darting pace as a hugely affective secret weapon.
Currently on a youth scholarship contract until 2014, he is about to cause a real storm in the Chelsea squad and will surely be offered his chance at senior stardom within time. Certainly a player to watch and a name to look out for over the next two seasons.
Simon Phillips – News Editor
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