Under-18s report: Aston Villa 0 Chelsea 7
A five-star seven-goal performance from our Under-18s saw us leapfrog Aston Villa into fifth place in the league standings with Saturday afternoon’s win.
He is a versatile forward who can also play wide-left or as a number 10 and has represented the Netherlands up to Under-19 level. An Amsterdam boy, he has developed an incredible habit of scoring goals throughout his schoolboy years, an eye-catching trait that brought him to the attention of Chelsea scouts. His first season as a scholar saw accelerated development for the teenager, who started with the Under-18s before ending the campaign as the first-choice striker for Joe Edwards's PL2 team.
The Dutchman debuted for our development squad at Fratton Park in January, introduced off the bench early on in a Checkatrade Trophy knockout tie against Portsmouth and pitted against League One defenders while still only 16. He equipped himself well and continued to impress against older opponents, scoring in our quarter-final win over Oxford United at Stamford Bridge later that month, the first of four successive games in which he found the net at that age group. Back with the Under-18s, he scored twice in the FA Youth Cup final against Arsenal as our youngsters retained the trophy once again.
Redan signed a first professional contract in July 2018, six weeks after helping Netherlands triumph at the Under-17 European Championship finals.