Under-18s report: Chelsea 0 Brighton 1
A first home defeat of the season was inflicted on our youngsters this morning as a late winner from Brighton’s Ben Wilson settled a tight league contest at Cobham.
He is a committed, tough-tackling, powerful defender who featured across the backline for the youth team when a schoolboy in the 2014/15 season, making a total of 24 appearances. In his debut campaign as a scholar, Grant captained the youth team in the league as they won the south section for a second year running. He made five appearances as we won the FA Youth Cup for a third successive season and also featured as our Under-19s retained their European title, before making his Under-21 debut before the end of the season. At the end of the campaign, he was awarded the Scholar of the Year award.
Grant was handed the award for Scholar of the Year in 2015/16.
He made an England Under-18 debut in June 2016 and was then a regular in our Treble-winning Under-18 season in 2016/17, making four appearances as we won the Youth Cup once again. In the summer of 2017, the defender featured for England as the young Lions won the Toulon Tournament before he returned to Chelsea and made 30 appearances for our Under-19s and development squad in 2017/18. As captain, he led our youngsters to the final in the UEFA Youth League, netting a dramatic late equaliser against FC Porto in the semi-final to take the tie to penalties.
Grant signed a new one-year contract in the summer of 2018.
In January 2019 it was announced he would spend the rest of the season on loan at League Two side Yeovil Town, his first move away from Chelsea.