Ahead of our FA Youth Cup fifth round tie at Liverpool this weekend, a game being streamed live on Chelsea platforms in the UK, we hear from Lewis Hall about his influences, inspirations and learning from the best...
The young Blues take on their counterparts from Liverpool in a Saturday teatime kick-off on Merseyside tomorrow, with a place in the quarter-finals at stake. Kick-off is at 5.30pm and supporters can follow the action live on this website or the 5th Stand, our official mobile app (in the UK only).
Hall has been elevated into the spotlight in recent weeks following a Man of the Match performance on his senior debut against Chesterfield in the FA Cup but the 17-year-old continues to turn out for our Academy teams when he is not involved with Thomas Tuchel's men.
He started in midfield in both previous ties in this season's competition and will be looking to impress again as our quest to reclaim the famous old trophy continues.
The versatile performer, who played on the left of a back three against Chesterfield and also lined up at left-back for our development squad against Manchester City at the start of the week, recently conducted a Q&A session with the official Chelsea Instagram account to help supporters get to know him a little better!
So, over to you, Lewis…
Proudest moment of your career?
That would definitely be making my debut, especially with it being at Stamford Bridge and in front of the fans.
It was a great day, we got the win and to be named Man of the Match as well made it really special for me and my family.
Do you have a pre-match routine?
I always eat the same meal before a game, without fail! I also like to listen to some music and keep myself to myself.
Best goal you’ve seen live?
The best goal I’ve seen live is probably Kovacic’s volley against Liverpool a few weeks back. What a hit that was!
Name a player we should look out for?
One player from the Academy that people should keep an eye out for is Harvey Vale.
He’s obviously already experienced minutes with the senior team and he’s a very technically gifted player. He works hard and can play in a number of positions too.
Any players you base your game on?
I have two that I like to base my game around and that’s Kevin De Bruyne and Frank Lampard. Both of them are very good technically but I also like how they both contribute to the team with goals and assists and how they look so comfortable on the ball.