By now many Chelsea supporters will be familiar with the name Lucas Piazon, having impressed within the youth ranks last season, he even made the bench for the first team on a few occasions.

Today, the Brazilian youngster has been speaking to Sky Sports and confirmed that he is ready to battle for a first team place, but concedes it will be tough. He told Sky Sports “I hope to be in the main group, train with them everyday and if I have a chance to some games”

Piazon joined up with Chelsea last summer at the age of 17 after impressing a host of big named clubs that tried to tempt his signature, including Juventus. He chose Chelsea, and he continued to impress in the youth and reserve teams.

It is said that Chelsea paid Sao Paulo somewhere in the region of £5 million for the starlet, rising to £10 million depending on clauses. He stated that he chose the Premier League as he felt it suited his style of play and his skills.

Lucas has a good friendship with David Luiz, who took him under his wing on arrival, and they became best friends with Lucas stating that Luiz was funny and made him laugh a lot.

On 9th May this year, Piazon won the Youth Cup with Chelsea and continued to turn heads with his performances. He initially started off as a forward, but has also played on the wings, and as an attacking midfielder. He is described as not being a typical skilful Brazilian player that dribbles a lot and keeps the ball, but preferring to be more of a creative and clever passer of the ball.

He is a free-kick specialist and has a very powerful shot. Piazon holds an impressive scoring record at youth level for his country. At Under-15 level he scored an incredible 22 goals in just 7 appearances, and at Under-17 level he scored 9 goals in 15 appearances. It’s a record that stands out at any level.

At Stamford Bridge he has really started tongues wagging, and many see him as a good centre forward option with his finishing ability, and could perhaps provide back up for Fernando Torres this season.

Piazon was named Chelsea’s ‘Young Player of the Year’ last year, and that comes as no surprise. I’m excited to see what this year brings for the 18-year-old forward and I’m sure he will get his chances this season.

Media have drawn comparisons to Kaka, simply because they both possess similar attributes and technical finesse. Piazon is a playmaker and certainly the type of player Chelsea are looking to add to their line-up this season.

He has time on his side, being only 18, he has the best players around him to learn from, and I believe he has a part to play in this seasons campaign.

On conclusion to his interview with Sky Sports, Piazon confirmed how well he had settled in London and was enjoying life “It is a very big challenge. I always dreamed of playing for Chelsea, so now I’m realising a dream.

“It was a little strange adapting at first but now it is fine. I love London. It is very beautiful and interesting.”

Lucas Piazon will be looking to impress during pre-season, and will surely feature in some of the forthcoming pre-season friendlies. Here we have a real gem in our midst, and with all this talk of new signings, we might not have to look as far as we think for that creative spark we need.

Simon Phillips – News Editor

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