The 13 Chelsea wonderkids on FM2021: James, Ampadu, Gilmour & more

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Chelsea‘s academy is currently pumping out talented young footballers, but who do Football Manager consider to be the brightest wonderkids at Stamford Bridge?

According to‘s list of Football Manager 2021’s 725 Wonderkids, 13 are currently on Chelsea’s books. That’s defined as “players with high potential ability who are not older than 20 years old on July 1, 2020”.

And we’ve taken a closer look at the starlets that Chelsea fans should be getting excited about.

Ethan Ampadu

Bestowed with an 84 rating, Sports Interactive have clearly been taken with young Ampadu, which isn’t surprising considering he is already a Welsh international and formerly possessed hair normally seen on backpackers mooching around Machu Pichu.

His current season isn’t going too smoothly; none of Chris Wilder’s overlapping centre-back magic has rubbed off on Ampadu as the Blades sit bottom of the Premier League.

While his foster club may be destined for relegation, Ampadu should thrive in elite football for years to come.

Ian Maatsen

Born while Will Young was topping the charts for the first time, Maatsen is a young left-back currently on loan at League One Charlton Atheltic.

He’s racked up 11 appearances for The Addicks so far this season and Football Manager lists him as a wing-back and central midfielder too.

With utility like that, he could be the next Cesar Azpilicueta.

Reece James

He’s already been christened the Cobham Cafu, so imagine how good he could be in a few years.

READ: Reece James is already playing like Chelsea champions of the past

Valentino Livramento

Aiming to be the next Hudson-Odoi (more on him later), Livramento is a winger with natural pace and a willingness to take on defenders.

It’s not a name that will be familiar to anyone except the most ardent followers of Chelsea’s youth teams, but the 18-year-old is a talent worth keeping an eye on.

Billy Gilmour

Chelsea’s very own ‘Billiesta’.

He’s only made a handful of first-team appearances to date, but Gilmour has left Chelsea fans salivating like Eric Cartman over a bucket of fried chicken with each appearance.

Diminutive, but with an intrinsic understanding of space and ball retention, Gilmour could have been plucked from La Masia circa 2008 such is his likeness to the great Spanish midfielders of the era.

Our advice to Football Manager players? Build your team around him.

READ: Once again, Billy Gilmour has proven he is Chelsea’s very own ‘Billiesta’

Conor Gallagher

Currently on loan at West Brom, having shone on loan in the Championship with Charlton and Swansea last term, Gallagher looks to us like a bit of a baller.

Competition for places in Chelsea’s midfield is remarkably tough, but he looks like he could be a handy Premier League midfielder for years to come.

Lewis Bate

Bate has already been included in a first-team squad, with Frank Lampard naming him among the substitutes for last season’s defeat at Sheffield United.

The midfielder has an air of Jack Wilshere about him, equally adept at driving with the ball at defences and keeping possession when required, minus the injuries bit.

His performances in the youth team have been getting Chelsea fans excited and he seems a good bet to make a senior breakthrough soon.

Charlie Webster

With hair that David Luiz would consider extravagant, Webster’s first memories of watching football were as six-year-old during the 2010 World Cup, which, quite frankly, makes us feel disgustingly old.

For now, Chelsea are determined to fend off interest from Borussia Dortmund in the teenage winger. One to keep in mind for Chelsea fans prepared to put the FM hours in.

Callum Hudson-Odoi

Hudson-Odoi’s rating of 86 makes him the highest-rated Chelsea youngster on FM2021.

Let’s face it, we all know how talented he is already. The only question here is whether he’ll fulfil that potential or not.

Faustino Anjorin

Named after Colombian livewire Asprilla, we hope Anjorin wasn’t drinking a glass of wine hours before his Chelsea debut against Krasnodar recently.

It cannot hurt that the 19-year-old idolised Frank Lampard growing up, but he is getting first-team minutes on merit. A box-to-box midfielder, Anjorin has been extremely impressive when playing for the youth team, with Jody Morris describing him as the “best finisher at the club”.

Myles Peart-Harris

On the books at Chelsea since the age of eight, Peart-Harris was handed his first professional contract in 2019.

The attacking midfielder’s progress was curtailed somewhat by an injury at the start of last season, but he worked his way back to score seven goals in 17 appearances for the Blues’ academy.

Harvey Vale

An England Under-17 international, Vale is listed by Football Manager as being able to play across all of the attacking midfield positions as well as upfront.

That’ll do for us.

Jude Soonsup-Bell

Possessing a name that suggests he moonlights as an extra on Made in Chelsea, Soonsup-Bell was so talented as a schoolboy that his friends refused to play with him unless he used his ‘weaker’ left foot.

After his goalscoring exploits in the youth team, including becoming the first Chelsea player in 59 years to score four in an FA Youth Cup game, many fans on social media have demanded he join the first-team squad immediately.

That would seem slight premature for a 16-year-old, but there is no doubt that Soonsup-Bell could become a very good striker indeed.

One to keep around.

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