DATE OF BIRTH20 September 1998
Ike Ugbo signed as an Under-10 and, although now a striker, he spent the majority of his younger schoolboy years playing in a number of different positions.
It was only at the start of the 2014/15 season as a schoolboy that he nailed down his position up front and he featured often for our youth team, scoring 11 goals in 18 appearances, while also making debuts for the Under-19s and Under-21s.
Ugbo led the line for the Under-18s in 2015/16, netting 24 goals including strikes against Huddersfield and Manchester United en route to another Youth Cup triumph. The following season, he stepped up to feature as the leading forward for the development squad, honing more physical attributes in his game while continuing to influence matches with his goalscoring ability. His 10 goals in the Youth Cup, including six in the semi-final and final, were a key part of Jody Morris's side retaining the trophy.
An England youth international, he has represented the young Lions up to the Under-18 age group, including at the FIFA Under-17 World Cup and as part of the squad that retained the Toulon Tournament in summer 2017.
In July 2017 it was announced Ugbo would spend the 2017/18 campaign on loan at Championship club Barnsley, his first spell away from Chelsea. Prior to his move, he signed a new contract until 2021.
He returned to Chelsea at the start of January 2018 having made 18 appearances for the Yorkshire club, and went back out on loan to MK Dons in League One, for whom he played 17 times scoring twice.
In August 2018, it was announced Ugbo would be joining League One side Scunthorpe United until the end of the calendar year. During that loan, he made 16 appearances and scored once.
In August 2019, it was announced the striker would head to Holland to spend the season on loan at Roda JC in the Dutch second tier. He scored 13 goals in 28 games there, before joining Cercle Brugge on loan in August 2020, as well as extending his Chelsea contract.