Under-18s report: Chelsea 0 Fulham 3
Our Under-18s were defeated on Saturday morning by Fulham who clinched the Under-18 South league title.
He has progressed through the ranks to become a standout player for our academy teams and has recently broke through into senior football with a season on loan at Coventry City in 2018/19. In August 2019, it was announced the defender would spend the season on loan at Wigan Athletic in the Championship.
As an Under-16, Sterling was an FA Youth Cup and UEFA Youth League winner, scoring three goals including in the 2016 Youth Cup final. He repeated that achievement with goals in both the Youth Cup semi-final and final the following season, although he spent much of the campaign with the development squad, utilising his speed, power and adaptability to feature as wing-back, winger and central midfielder, as well as full-back.
The 2017/18 campaign brought another success in the FA Youth Cup, his third winners medal taking him into an elite club only matched by a handful of others, including Jay Dasilva, Jake Clarke-Salter and five of Manchester United's Busby Babes side of the 1950s. He played most of his football at the older age groups, featuring at centre-back in the latter stages of the Youth League as we finished runners-up, as well as helping the development squad to the semi-finals of the senior Checkatrade Trophy.
His good form at the younger age groups caught the eye of the senior coaching staff and Sterling made his Chelsea debut as a substitute in a League Cup tie against Nottingham Forest at Stamford Bridge in September 2017.
In June 2018, it was announced that Dujon would spend the following season on loan at Coventry City in League One, where he would be reunited with one of his former Chelsea coaches, Adi Viveash, assistant to manager Mark Robins. He made 40 appearances for the Sky Blues and helped the newly-promoted side to a respectable league finish of eighth.
His performances were impressive enough to earn a step up to the Championship for the following campaign as Sterling joined Wigan Athletic for the 2019/20 season, but a hamstring injury midway through the season limited the youngster to 10 outings for the Latics.
Sterling has featured throughout the age groups for England up to Under-20 level. He won the Under-19 European Championship with the young Lions in 2017, starting in the final alongside club colleagues Jay Dasilva and Mason Mount.
The defender's most recent Chelsea contract signing was in November 2017, when he committed himself to the club until the end of the 2021/22 season.