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.
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.
2019/20 saw Anjorin appear predominantly for the development squad, through age he was still eligible for the youth team however and was named captain for the FA Youth Cup campaign. In total, Anjorin made 23 appearances across the Academy teams and scored 11 goals during the campaign.
As an England Under-18 international, Anjorin played at the European Championship for the Under-17s in May 2018 before signing his first professional contract at the club in November 2018. The following year saw an England Under-19 debut for Anjorin who scored his maiden goal during his third appearance for the young Lions against Bosnia in a European Under-19 Championship qualifier.
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.