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Lewis Hall's highlights against Man City are special, he's the biggest Chelsea academy talent in years

Josh Lawless

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Lewis Hall's highlights against Man City are special, he's the biggest Chelsea academy talent in years

Lewis Hall may have been on the losing side on Wednesday night but he was hugely impressive in Chelsea's 2-0 defeat to Manchester City.

City, who have won the League Cup on eight occasions, beat last season's finalists courtesy of goals from Riyad Mahrez and Julian Alvarez early on in the second half.

There were stand-out performances from City's record-signing Jack Grealish and deputy goalkeeper Stefan Ortega Moreno.

But on the opposite side, 18-year-old Hall churned in a brilliant performance for Chelsea. Although he's traditionally a midfielder, he was deployed as a left wing-back by Graham Potter and excelled in the role.

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He looked extremely assured in possession and put that cultured left peg to good use by showcasing a range of passing and deft dribbling throughout his 75-minute outing.

Hall was up against a tricky customer in Mahrez but defended well 1v1 against the Algerian. And he got forward on a number of occasions, forcing two fine stops from Ortega when he sneaked in at the far post.

Chelsea fans sang his name loudly and he received a whole lot of love from supporters for his display. His stats, many of which he was leading in from those involved in the game, were also brilliant.

John Terry, Chelsea legend and former captain, also waxed lyrical about him on Twitter. and described his first half performance as "great".

This was Hall's second senior appearance and he looked he'd been playing at the top level for years.

He signed his scholarship forms at Stamford Bridge in the summer of 2021, before his Chelsea debut came as a 17-year-old in the FA Cup win over Chesterfield last season, where he played on the left of a back three and registered an assist.

Image: Alamy
Image: Alamy

And there's huge clamour for him to feature more prominently going forward, particularly with Ben Chilwell out injured.

Featured Image Credit: Sky Sports & Twitter/@ChelseaComps

Topics: Chelsea, Premier League, Manchester City

Josh Lawless
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