PL2 report: Chelsea 3 Derby County 2
Our development squad had to fight for three points to ensure they went top of the Premier League 2 table after beating a tough Derby County side at Cobham.
A tall, strong central defender who reads the game well and enjoys playing out with his feet, he has represented Northern Ireland up to the Under-19 age group - and made his Chelsea debut in a London derby against Arsenal in September 2018. The only goal of his maiden season in English football came a fortnight later as he netted what ultimately proved to be the winner away at Swansea. McClelland signed his first professional contract at Chelsea in July 2019 and made 34 outing across the Academy teams during the season.
After a maiden call-up to the Under-21 national team during the last international break , Sam captained Northern Ireland Under-19s in the qualification stages of the Under-19 Euro 2020 competition hosted in his home country.