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.
An Austrian Under-19 international who can play as a striker or as a number 10, he has good speed and agility, and can create and score goals. He signed a first professional contract at the club in January 2019.
A solid first season in England saw the forward make 23 league appearances and feature for the young Blues in both the FA Youth Cup and UEFA Youth League, while he also reached double figures for goals scored. The first of those 10 strikes came as an early opener against rivals Arsenal in September that set the team on their way to an impressive 3-1 home victory.
Ballo started his second season in English football with Andy Myers's development squad and played the majority of his football at that level for the remainder of the season and scored his first goal against Leicester City in September 2019. In total, the midfielder made 28 appearances for the Academy and scored four goals during the campaign.