Teenage Kicks: Marcel Lewis
In the latest part of our series looking at the upbringing of our Academy youngsters, midfielder Marcel Lewis talks Cambridge Academy, footballing idols and signing pro.
He is a technical individual with good game intelligence and awareness who creates plenty of goals and chances for his team-mates. His first campaign south of the border was a positive one as he proved an integral part of Jody Morris's midfield in an unprecedented year of silverware success. He scored his first goal for our youth team on debut in a September victory over Arsenal before establishing himself as a regular in the FA Youth Cup starting 11, featuring in every game and scoring at the Emirates in the final.
A stellar season was rewarded with a call-up to the Scotland Under-21 squad for the Toulon Tournament - even though he was still only 16 - and the midfielder took home the Young Player of the Tournament award as the Scots finished in third place. In July 2018, Gilmour signed a first professional contract at Chelsea and earned himself an extension in September the following year which runs until the end of the 2022/23 season.
Gilmour made his senior and Premier League debut on August 31st against Sheffield United at Stamford Bridge before making his full debut under a month later against Grimsby Town in the 7-1 Carabao Cup victory, an eye-catching performance earned the praise of many including Head Coach Frank Lampard.