Teenage Kicks: Ben Elliott
In the latest part of our series looking at the upbringing of our Academy youngsters, midfielder Ben Elliott talks enjoying basketball at school, winning his first tournament with Chelsea and captaining England Under-15s.
A committed defender with a good attitude, he represented the youth team as both an Under-15 and Under-16 schoolboy, before featuring regularly in our Treble-winning Under-18 campaign in 2016/17. As captain of England Under-17s, he came within seconds of the European Championship title in the summer of 2017 before featuring in every game at the Under-17 World Cup later in the year, scoring in the 5-2 final victory against Spain.
Guehi's goals were a major talking point throughout 2017/18, most notably in the Under-17 World Cup final for England.
Guehi's goals were a major talking point throughout 2017/18 as the teenager netted at significant moments, including in Youth Cup victories over West Brom, Tottenham and Arsenal, the latter coming in our 7-1 aggregate win in the final. He featured 30 times for the youth team as Jody Morris's side completed a remarkable Quadruple, and made his development squad debut in late March.
In 2018/19, the Ivory Coast-born defender stepped up to play his football with the Under-19s and development squad, establishing himself as a regular at the heart of our defence. In September 2017, he signed a first professional contract until the end of the 2019/20 season.
In 2019, Guehi made his senior debut in the 7-1 Carabao Cup victory over Grimsby Town after being named as an unused substitue for the UEFA Champions League tie against Valencia at Stamford Bridge. The imposing central defender made his England Under-21 debut in an UEFA European Under-21 Championship qualifier where England recorded a win over Turkey in September 2019 - Guehi has since made a further five appearances for the young Lions playing the duration in all games.
Normally at this time of the year, players and staff in the Chelsea Academy would be looking forward to a number of exciting trips abroad to face their counterparts from the biggest club sides in the world at overseas tours and tournaments.