Teenage Kicks: Ben Elliott
In the latest part of our series looking at the upbringing of our Academy youngsters, midfielder Ben Elliott talks enjoying basketball at school, winning his first tournament with Chelsea and captaining England Under-15s.
He has a couple of brothers who have been scholars at other clubs so comes from a football family who are big Chelsea supporters. A development centre graduate, he has been training with Chelsea since the age of six and is a team player with a great attitude.
He made 31 appearances in his first season as a scholar, including two as a substitute in the Youth Cup, and made his development squad debut in March 2017. Among his five goals for the Under-18s, he crucially broke the deadlock in our title decicder against Reading, kicking off the Cobham celebrations.
Gallagher made his England Under-18 debut in a 4-0 win against Qatar in March 2018.
A late addition to the England Under-17 squad, he made his debut prior to the World Cup finals in October 2017 and returned with a winner's medal, featuring reguarly as a steadying influence in midfield in the latter stages of games, including the final. The midfielder continued to feature predominantly for our youth team throughout 2017/18, contributing to another unprecedented trophy haul, including playing in every game as the FA Youth Cup was retained once again.
In October 2018, Gallagher signed a new contract at the club that runs until the summer of 2021.
Normally at this time of the year, players and staff in the Chelsea Academy would be looking forward to a number of exciting trips abroad to face their counterparts from the biggest club sides in the world at overseas tours and tournaments.