Since the start of the Roman empire just over a decade ago, it has been clear to see that as a club, Chelsea had started to pay more attention to their youth set up, with large investments of money being injected into the Chelsea youngsters. The latest addition to the FA youth cup and NextGen series runners up is Isaiah Brown, better known as Izzy, who Chelsea signed from West Brom for a reported £1.5 million.
At the tender age of 16, some would question whether this is anything to get excited about. However, if you are interested in Chelsea’s youth squads, then it is certainly.
Izzy Brown broke into the West Brom first squad towards the end of last season after making his debut in a 3-2 defeat to Wigan, becoming the second youngest player to ever play in the Premier League, at 16 years and 117 days after Fulham’s Matthew Briggs. Isiah closely missed out on the record after Steve Clarke named him as part of the squad travelling to Stamford Bridge, where he was an unused substitute.
Before his ‘dream’ move to west London, Steve Clarke made no hesitation to praise Izzy, by saying after the appearance at Wigan that he hopes it’s the first of many first team appearances for the baggies.
Brown currently stands at six foot tall, and is fairly well build – especially for his age. Brown is pretty fast too, with strength and speed being his main physical attributes. Brown has regularly seen playing time in the centre of midfield, bombing into the box late with Lampard like runs resulting in goals. However, during pre-season with Chelsea, Isaiah has seen playing time in the ‘number 9 role’, which he considers his strongest position, and the position he sees himself progressing in the future.
As a childhood Chelsea fan, I for one am pleased to see Isaiah Brown join up with our U21 sqaud, and I really hope he can do well, and that he has a future at the club. To make a Premier League debut at the age of 16 is very impressive, so we can expect a bright future ahead of the English youngster. I would keep him playing for the U21 set up for this season, despite Steve Clarke stating he is good enough to play first team football for West Brom. Maybe a loan move to West Brom could be on the cards in the future?
As for the U21 squad, Dermot Drummy’s men lost out to Tottenham Hotspur 4-2, where Isaiah led the line. Chelsea set out a strong side featuring the likes of Josh McEachran, Nathan Ake and Nathanial Chalobah, but were outclassed by Spurs on the day. However, on the score sheet was none other, than Isaiah ‘Izzy’ Brown.