UYL reaction: Edwards praises mature display and three quality goals
A place in the last-16 was the reward for a measured performance from our Under-19s in the UEFA Youth League as they triumphed 3-1 over AS Monaco in the play-off round.
In his younger schoolboy days, he played in central midfield and as a winger, while also featured at wing-back in his debut campaign as a Chelsea scholar. A former captain of Ajax and the Netherlands, he has represented his country at Under-17 level, including at the European Championship for that age group in May 2017. Through hard work and application, he forced his way into our Youth Cup side as the campaign progressed, starting both legs of the semi-final and final, and scoring the ninth goal in our 9-2 aggregate thrashing of Tottenham. He ended the season with winners medals in the Youth Cup and Under-18 Premier League.
Castillo scored his first development squad goal in our Checkatrade Trophy quarter-final win over Oxford United.
In 2017/18, the Dutchman split his duties between the youth team and development squad, while also featuring in all but one game as our Under-19s were runners-up in the UEFA Youth League. He scored his first development squad goal in our Checkatrade Trophy quarter-final win over Oxford United and was a regular throughout our triumphant Youth Cup campaign.
In January 2017, Castillo signed a first professional contract at the club until the end of the 2018/19 campaign.