With the end of the youth and reserve campaigns coming with yesterday’s 3-0 Under-18 defeat to Tottenham, we here at CFCnet offer you the chance to vote for your players of each of the respective teams for this 2009/10 season.
It has been quite the season on both fronts, with a new Reserve team manager in Steve Holland leading the youngest squad in the league to a solid campaign and providing a number of players through to Carlo Ancelotti’s title-winning first team squad. On the youth team front, Dermot Drummy and his staff led a talented Under-18 team to the club’s first FA Youth Cup success in 49 years, clinching a 3-2 aggregate win over Aston Villa. Nominations will be based mainly on individual performance on the pitch, and not merely if they’ve progressed through the ranks.
The Reserve Team nominees are:
With five goals, the Italian finished the season as the joint leading scorer for the reserve team and progressed through to the first team ranks earlier in the campaign. He led the line admirably, playing in more games than anybody else, and scored some fine goals, particularly a brace against West Ham way back in September. Earned an Italian Under-21 call-up and a regular place in the Azzurrini squad.
Played in eleven games and often looked a class above in the midfield diamond. Intelligent, composed and comfortable, he showed a deftness of touch but a physical presence to help what was a very young team. Despite being only 21 himself, his performances belied his age throughout.
Played in just six fixtures but was clearly too good for the level, grabbing five goals and making another two. Showed a real desire to improve and work hard, and struck up a good partnership with Borini which bodes well for the future.
In a goalkeeping competition where four men featured for the team, Rhys played in the most matches and averaged a clean sheet every other game. The team continues to look at its best defensively with the Welshman in goal, and he was unfortunate to end his season with an injury.
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The Under-18 nominees are:
The captain, the leader, the Youth Cup hero. Conor led by example this season, driving from the midfield and scoring some superb goals along the way. None were better than the goal which secured the trophy at Stamford Bridge, a scorching drive from outside the area at the Shed End.
Aziz finished the season with more appearances than anybody else, which is an outstanding achievement given he didn’t start any of the first eight league matches. Used in an array of positions – left-back, centre-back, left-wing and striker – he was a pillar of consistency and was outstanding along the left side on the way to the Youth Cup.
Top goalscorer and workhorse, Marko’s second season in England more than made up for his injury-hit first. Sixteen goals led to a reserve debut, where he also scored, but it was in the academy side where he showed his best form, finding the net from all angles and distances with both feet, and thrived as the targetman in a 4-3-3 formation. A selfless performer and never happy with his performance, he deserved his Youth Cup Final goal as much as anyone.
Twelve clean sheets in 24 appearances is an outstanding record for the giant goalkeeper, who in addition to a sterling record of just 21 conceded made a series of world-class saves throughout the season. It might seem an exaggeration to make that claim for an academy goalie, but they were out of the very top drawer and he was key to a watertight Youth Cup defence.
Vote for your choice HERE.
Voting is open until Midnight on Saturday/Sunday UK time, and results will be revealed thereafter. And remember; it’s just for fun – every one of the youth and reserves have played their part and deserve every credit for performances this season on both an individual and a team basis.