Chelsea ended the 2020/21 season emphatically after winning the Champions League final 1-0 in Porto.
Their more senior players adapted to Thomas Tuchel’s style of play almost immediately and formed a togetherness that helped them become much more resolute and assured.
Because they have so much ability in their first-team, it’s easy to forget how many incredible young footballers they have at their disposal, who at any minute, could be ready to step-up and make their mark.
The Golden Boy is given by sports journalists to a young footballer – under the age of 21 – playing in Europe perceived to have been the most impressive during a calendar year. Among the 100 nominees for the 2021 edition, Chelsea have two candidates.
Scottish star, Billy Gilmour, as well as academy prospect, Timo Anjorin, and the on loan , Armando Broja, have been put forward for the prestigious award, which, according to Football Talent Scout, Jacek Kulig, is given to the player who has the biggest potential in the game.
.Gilmour, who didn’t feature in the final but played his part along the way, isn’t a surprise selection. After all, he’s been spoken of highly for quite a while now, and has been tipped by players past and present to have a big future in the game.
Chelsea teammate Reece James heaped praise on Gilmour ahead of England and Scotland’s clash at Wembley on June 18: “Billy is one of the best young lads coming through at Chelsea and one of the best young lads coming through in the world as well,” he said.
“He’s a great lad and I think that his ability speaks for itself.”
Whilst Gilmour’s potential has been clear for a while now, less is known about Chelsea’s other nominee, Anjorin.
Although he’s played just once for the senior side, his performances for the academy caught Tuchel’s eye and as a result, he was constantly involved in first-team training sessions last campaign.
Here’s what the Chelsea head coach said about the pair back in February: “In the opposite sense, we decided to keep Tino Anjorin and Billy Gilmour with the group, because I like a lot of what I see from the two guys.”
Having the likes of Gilmour, Anjorin and Broja coming through can only be a good thing for the Blues moving forward, especially as they go about challenging for more titles next season.