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Famous Chelsea academy set to be put to the test as Tuchel leans on next generation for Brentford clash

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Chelsea academy is revered as one of the best in the world and now that belief is about to be put to the test.

The Blues have been hit hard by a Covid-19 outbreak and injuries to the point that they have named just four outfielders to the bench for last Sunday’s draw against Wolves.

This leaves Chelsea desperately strapped for numbers, even though Jorginho was able to resume training after his Covid-19 test was deemed a false positive, and the club have been forced to look to their academy for answers.

Even that, however, caused complications as academy graduate Lewis Baker, who most likely would have started in Brentford, tested positive for Covid-19.

Tuchel has had two practice sessions to examine the young players at his disposal and the bench is likely to be populated by them. 19-year-old Dutch center-half Xavier Mbuyamba and 18-year-old versatile Harvey Vale are already on the bench this season and could be called up again.

There is a lot of potential for Tuchel to choose from, like Charlie Webster, 17 – who was dubbed ‘the next Jadon Sancho’ after Borussia Dortmund tried to sign him before he signed a pro contract. Jude Soonsup-Bell is another teenager with a scary goalscoring record at youth level, whom Chelsea also fought to secure on professional terms earlier this year.

A cup tie under the lights of a crowded Brentford stadium would be a baptism of fire for these youngsters, but it would also show how great Chelsea academy is.

The First Team is already populated by academy graduates like Mason Mount and Reece James and Wednesday could be the first glimpse we have of those who may be close to following in their footsteps.

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