Under-18s report: Chelsea 1 Arsenal 2
Joe Haigh’s second-half free-kick wasn’t enough to mount a comeback as our Under-18s fell to a derby day defeat on Wednesday morning.
A strong, powerful attacking box-to-box midfielder, he loves to shoot and score goals, which was demonstrated in the 2018 FA Youth Cup final when he completed our 7-1 rout against Arsenal with the final goal at the Emirates. That was his 23rd youth team appearance and eighth goal of the campaign, all while still a schoolboy. Anjorin also made his UEFA Youth League debut in our 4-2 group-stage win over Atletico Madrid.
He signed his first professional contract at the club in November 2018.
2019/20 saw Anjorin appear predominantly for the development squad, though he was still eligible for the youth team and was named captain for the FA Youth Cup campaign in which Chelsea were beaten finalists. In total, Anjorin made 23 appearances across the Academy teams and scored 11 goals during the campaign that saw Andy Myers' men crowed PL2 champions.
He started the following season with our development squad and after seven outings by December 2020 he had contributed five goals and two assists across Academy competitions.
Anjorin played at the European Championship for England Under-17s, progressing to the Under-18s. He then scored his maiden goal for England Under-19s during his third appearance at that level, against Bosnia in a European Under-19 Championship qualifier in November 2019.
After a string of impressive development squad performances and still only aged 17, Anjorin was a debutant under Frank Lampard in Chelsea's 7-1 Carabao Cup victory over Grimsby Town in September 2019. He was then handed a Premier League debut six months later. He replaced Willian in the 71st minute of a 4-0 home win over Everton.
In the summer of 2019 Anjorin agreed a new five-year contract with Chelsea following his senior breakthrough under Frank Lampard during the season and was handed his full debut in December 2020, starting in Chelsea's Champions League home group stage game against Russian side Krasnodar.