Ian Maatsen

Netherlands U18s
  • DATE OF BIRTH

    10 March 2002
  • BIRTHPLACE

    Vlaardingen, Netherlands
  • Position

    Defender

Ian Maatsen is a player first scouted by our recruitment team playing in the Netherlands for the Under-16 national team and his former club, PSV Eindhoven. He joined us in July 2018.

The young Dutchman is an adaptable player who can play at left-back, wing-back, centre-back or in central midfield, and that versatility was utilised in his maiden season in England as he featured in a number of defensive positions for our academy teams. His first Chelsea goal came in a 3-1 youth team win against Arsenal in September before his development squad debut later that month in the Checkatrade Trophy away at Newport County. A Netherlands Under-17 international, he featured throughout our run to the UEFA Youth League finals weekend.

Senior debut

Maatsen signed his first professional contract at the club in March 2019 and made his senior debut in September of that same year. Aged 17, the Dutch youth international played 24 minutes of Chelsea's 7-1 Carabao Cup victory over Grimsby Town.