Unfortunately, after a lengthy postponement for Covid, Manchester City defeated Chelsea in the final 3-2. Despite the disappointing final, the tournament saw some stand out performances from some of Chelsea’s future stars.
Jake Askew played in goal for all matches before the Covid break from the third round to the sixth round. In his four appearances, he conceded zero goals. For the semi final and final, Finn Lucas Bergström was brought in between the posts. Bergström kept a clean sheet against Manchester United in the semi-final, before conceding all three in the final.
Askew now departs Chelsea for Ruislip based Conference National club Wealdstone FC. While Bergström takes over as the first choice keeper in the U18 Premier League, with competition from 17 year-old Prince Adegoke.
Ian Maatsen became the only defender to score for Chelsea in the tournament when he opened proceedings in the fifth round against Wolves. The left back featured in all four pre-Covid break matches before being loaned out to League One club Charlton Athletic.
The rest of the rarely beaten back four composed of Tino Livramento at right back, with Dynel Simeu and Levi Colwill in the centre.
Tino Anjorin is one of the key players in the squad. He has already played for the first team in both the Premier League and Carabao Cup. Injury saw him used as a substitute in the final after being one of the best players on the pitch in the semi.
Marcel Lewis was Chelsea’s top scorer across the tournament, notching up six goals in his six appearances. Three of those goals came in one match against Wolves in the fifth round. At 19, Lewis is one of the older players in the squad and has already moved into the PL2 competition. Lewis mainly plays as an attacking midfielder, though he is capable out wide too.
Myles Peart-Harris was another player who was consistent throughout the tournament. The central midfielder scored twice early on in the cup run, before nailing down his starting spot in the squad. Like Lewis, Peart-Harris has moved up to the PL2 squad.
Bryan Fiabema started in both post-Covid break matches, scoring the only goal in the semi-final. The Norwegian winger joined Chelsea in January as the clubs first signing after the transfer ban was lifted.
Chelsea’s top scoring forward in the FA Youth Cup, Armando Broja, missed the final two matches due to being away on loan at Vitesse. In his four matches, Broja scored five goals, including a hat-trick in the third round against Huddersfield.