Teenage Kicks: Bashir Humphreys
In the final part of our series looking at the upbringing of our Academy youngsters, defender Bashir Humphreys talks us through how he came to love football, his swimming days and playing for England.
He is a very tall box-to-box midfield player who can also play as a number 10 and has a great eye for a pass. After making his youth team debut as a substitute on the opening day of the 2017/18 campaign, Jon went on to make nine appearances for the Under-18s in his maiden season as a scholar. His only goal came two minutes into a big 7-0 win over West Ham in November.
In October 2017, he signed a first professional contract at the club. In the 2019/20 season after a lengthy injury Russell scored the goal to send Chelsea through to the knockout stages of the EFL Trophy with a last minute winner at Plymouth Arglye's Home Park, less than a week later he was on the scoresheet again as the Blues defeated Blackburn in PL2 for his first of the season. After three goals in 11 development squad appearances Russell signed a new one-year contract with the Blues, running until June 2021.