A bit of a bits and pieces Friday for you, with the Forums also down right now. This week has since little parcels of information make their way around, which are conveniently collected together in this summary.
The first, and most prevalent news, is the FA Youth Cup Third Round Draw, which has taken place this morning. The Third Round is the stage where the bigger Premier League teams enter (as with the senior competition), and the Blues have been handed an away draw. Dermot Drummy’s boys will face the winners of Charlton Athletic vs Woking in a tie to be played no later than December 12th. The competition is open to players who are second year scholars and younger (down to age 15) – which for this year means those born on or after September 1st 1991) and should Charlton win, as you might expect (but not guarantee) there is every chance the tie will be played at The Valley. More on the opponent, date, venue, and potential team news as it becomes clear.
Friday has also seen Reserve right-back Nana Ofori-Twumasi head out on his first professional loan move, joining up with League Two pace-setters Dagenham & Redbridge. The 19 year-old England youth international has been in desperate need of a spell away for some time, but had an unsuccessful trial with Bournemouth over the summer. The Daggers are third in the table and Nana should go straight into tomorrow’s squad for the trip to Accrington Stanley, where he will replace former Arsenal youngster Abu Ogogo, who is nearing the end of a suspension for a bad tackle at the end of October.
Whilst Nana leaves temporarily, Lee Sawyer has left permanently. The 20 year-old had been at Southend this season in his second loan spell at the Essex club but left the Shrimpers prematurely after disciplinary issues. Chelsea seem to have expressed their disappointment in his attitude and behaviour and with no long-term future apparent for him at the club, he has been let go. Best of luck to Lee in his career and I hope he can get himself back together and forge a footballing path yet.
Finally, some brief international news. Gael Kakuta has been representing France in the Limoges Cup this week, having had his ban suspended by the CAS last week. Fabio Borini, Jacopo Sala, Ryan Bertrand, Michael Mancienne, Jack Cork and Jeffrey Bruma will all be in action over the coming days, and there will be a report on them here on CFCnet early next week.