Lewis Hall has been named the 2022/23 Chelsea Academy Player of the Season following a fine year during which he has been involved across a number of age groups, including playing for the senior team.
The versatile player has been utilised in a number of positions this season, featuring as a winger for our Under-18s side, a centre-back for our development squad and a left-back for our men's team.
This is a testament to his ability to affect the game wherever he is asked to play. Hall has shown his talents in the Premier League, FA Cup, Premier League 2, EFL Trophy and the UEFA Youth League.
Among the five goals Hall scored for the development squad and Under-19s this season were a run from deep and a low finish past the goalkeeper in a UEFA Youth League group-stage game against Salzburg, and a powerfully struck winner away to Oxford’s senior team in the EFL Trophy, two goals which highlight his range of capabilities as a player.
The first demonstrated that he is a strong runner with the ball as he showed great balance and skill to hurdle challenges, while the second highlighted his excellent ball-striking ability.
Hall follows in the footsteps of previous winners of the award like Mason Mount and Reece James in going all the way through our youth system and representing the senior team, as the 18-year-old from Slough has been with the club since his Under-8s season.
The teenager's impressive season has been capped off by a run of games in the Premier League and his inclusion in an England training camp for the upcoming Under-21 European Championship.
Hall's is not the only award for our promising young players. Somto Boniface has received the Academy Scholar of the Year award for the 2022/23 season.
The young left-back started the second-highest number of league games for our Under-18s this season, featuring in 15 games from kick-off.
The defender impressed with his lung-bursting runs from deep, while delivering pinpoint crosses into the box.
Boniface has progressed through the ranks at the Academy, having been with us since his Under-9s season, and the first-year scholar was rewarded with caps for England's Under-17 team.
He recently signed his first professional contract with the club.
Chelsea Academy Player of the Season winners
2015 – Dominic Solanke
2016 – Fikayo Tomori
2017 – Mason Mount
2018 – Reece James
2019 – Conor Gallagher
2020 – Billy Gilmour
2021 – Tino Livramento
2022 – Harvey Vale
2023 – Lewis Hall