Golden moment for Chelsea youth product Ruben Loftus-Cheek
Golden moment for Ruben Loftus-Cheek

Kenedy, Jake Clarke-Salter, RubenLoftus-Cheek all had a role in the 4-0 victory as the struggling Chelsea squad finally turn to their talented youth products.

And now it has emerged that Chelsea are planning to play more youngsters this season after Matt Miazga impressed everyone on his debut and insisted there are plenty of other starlets waiting eagerly for a chance.

20-year-old Miazga made his first appearance as the centre-back for Chelsea since his £3.5million January move from Major League Soccer’s New York Red Bulls as they demolished Aston Villa 4-0 on Saturday afternoon.

The USA international displayed an assured performance alongside home-grown midfielder and England Under-21 international Ruben Loftus-Cheek, who netted his first Premier League goal.

Brazilian Kenedy, another 20-year-old, also started the match. England U19 side’s Jake Clarke-Salter, 18, made his first-team debut off the bench.

Miazga said later: “This club has brilliant players with world-class experience and also young up-and-coming players like Ruben and Jake and a lot of young players who train with the first-team.

“There were a few injuries but that’s football and my name was called and it is my job, I have to be ready and contribute to the team any way I can.

“This is the highest level and leading up to professional games you are always a bit nervous and anxious but once you step on the field you do the business.

“I was ready and I was excited. If I continue to get chances I will take them.”

But new Chelsea boy admitted he and Chelsea could hardly have got easier opponents as relegation-bound Villa took the blow one after another since conceding the opener.

Chelsea played the rest of the game in “cruise control”, according to Miazga, while angry Villa fans turned against their own player, showing a placard protest from the stands.

Out-of-form Villa players including USA international keeper Brad Guzan and substitute Leandro Bacuna were literally jeered by their own supporters.

Miazga further said: “I never played in an atmosphere where the fans are booing the home team. I know Brad quite well and have been to international camp with him once or twice. You never want to see a player you know getting booed but it is football.

“Brad is going to keep playing, and playing well, and trying his best for this club. I don’t know the rest but I know Brad – he is a fantastic player and a fantastic person.”

Loftus-Cheek’s 26th-minute strike and substitute Alexandre Pato’s penalty handed the visitors a comfortable half-time lead. Pedro then netted twice after Oscar impressed following his introduction after the break.

Villa’s woes were compounded later when Alan Hutton was given marching order for a foul on Loftus-Cheek.


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