Under-18s report: Chelsea 1 Arsenal 2
Joe Haigh’s second-half free-kick wasn’t enough to mount a comeback as our Under-18s fell to a derby day defeat on Wednesday morning.
Both he and his family are big Chelsea fans and he has been deployed in a variety of positions throughout his schoolboy years, though he was predominantly a central midfield player. He signed his scholarship deal in July 2018.
Lawrence made 21 appearances throughout the 2018/19 season as his versatility in midfield and defence proved particularly useful to Andy Myers's side. He found the net three times, most notably to secure a last-minute victory at Brighton in October. He also made his Under-19s debut in the UEFA Youth League against Monaco.
He made his England youth international bow at Under-19 level against Belgium in October 2019 and he scored on his debut as the Young Lions won 4-2 in the Marbella International Cup. Less than a week later, Lawrence signed his first professional contract with Chelsea after a string of impressive performances in his now favoured right-back position.
Lawrence made his development squad debut at the start of the 2019/20 season and was an ever-present since scoring his first goal at that level in a 2-1 win over Brighton & Hove Albion at Stamford Bridge. He featured 30 times in various positions for the Academy during that campaign and scored five goals.
In November 2020 the 19-year-old signed his latest Chelsea contract keeping him at the club until the summer of 2023, and month earlier he made his debut for England U20s.
He was a development squad team regular at the start of 2020/21 making 13 appearances in a variety of positions at the midpoint and scoring the winning goal over Leicester at Kingsmeadow.