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A round-up of the action from our loanees over the last week including some memorable debuts and firsts…
He was elevated into the first team squad by Jose Mourinho in February 2015 having impressed for our Under-21s, as well as during pre-season when he was part of the manager's main squad for a European training camp.
Brown captained our Under-19s to UEFA Youth League glory in April 2015, scoring a brace in the final against Shakhtar Donetsk, and he was also part of the Under-18 team which lifted the FA Youth Cup, the youngster netting in the second leg of our final win over Manchester City.
Brown joined Chelsea from West Brom in the summer of 2013, after progressing through the ranks to make a first team debut for the Baggies in a league game against Wigan in May the previous season. That appearance earned him the status as the second youngest player ever to play in the Premier League.
A versatile player with a lot of pace, he can operate anywhere across the front three positions as well as in the ‘No.10’ role and he immediately joined Chelsea Under-21 group at the start of the 2013/14 campaign, despite beginning just the first year of his scholarship.
He enjoyed a prolific pre-season in terms of goalscoring, starting predominantly in the wide-right forward position, before carrying that form into the campaign with four goals in the opening three Under-21 games. He made a total of 20 appearances as an Under-21 league winner and opened the scoring in a penalty shootout as the young Blues were victorious over Manchester City at the Etihad in the play-off semi-final.
Brown experienced his first taste of European football in an opening UEFA Youth League group game win over Basel and featured in all but one of the eight games in the competition as the Under-19s reached the last eight. In the FA Youth Cup, after scoring the opener against Sheffield Wednesday in a 4-1 victory in round four, he featured in both legs of the semi-final and final, coming off the bench at half-time in the second leg of the final at Stamford Bridge to help inspire a memorable comeback against Fulham that sealed the triumph.
Brown was included in Jose Mourinho's squad which headed to Europe for a two-week training camp ahead of the 2014/15 season and featured in friendly matches on the trip.
He was named on the substitutes' bench for our Capital One Cup tie away at Shrewsbury and then again for our Premier League game against Manchester City at the end of January with his elevation into the full first team squad coming in February 2015.
Following his debut at the end of that campaign, it was announced on 10 July 2015 that Brown would spend 2015/16 on loan at Vitesse Arnhem. In September 2015 he signed a new four-year contract.
During his year with the Dutch top-flight club, where he was with familiar Chelsea team-mates Dominic Solanke and Lewis Baker, Brown made 24 appearances, 10 of them from the bench, and he found the net in an away win against Roda JC in March 2016 when he controlled a long ball with his chest and hit a powerful low drive into the far corner of the net.
Brown joined Championship side Rotherham United in August 2016 and having made 20 appearances and scored three goals, he moved across Yorkshire for another loan in that division, this time joining Huddersfield Town in January 2017.
He got off to a flyer with his new team, scoring three goals in his first six outings, including one with his first touch aftter coming in a derby against Leeds. He was man of the match in a win over title rivals Brighton. In April he curled in his fifth of the season for the club and the only one of the game to secure a 1-0 win at Wolverhampton Wanderers, which guaranteed the Terriers' place in the Championship play-offs.
Brown started both legs of the semi-final against Sheffield Wednesday and as well as striking the post at Hillsborough, he had a hand in Huddersfield's opening goal as they eventually progressed on penalties. He was then named in the starting line-up for the final against Reading at Wembley, with spot-kicks once again settling the tie as the Terriers secured their place in the Premier League.
In July 2017, Brown signed a new contract until 2021 and moved on loan to Brighton and Hove Albion, who like Huddersfield won promotion to the top-flight the campaign before.
He made 13 Premier League appearances for the Seagulls, including four starts, but unfortunately suffered a serious knee injury early in an FA Cup third-round tie against Crystal Palace in January 2018, and returned to Chelsea.
In 2018/19, he spent the season on loan at Leeds United but injury disrupted his progress at Elland Road and he made just two substitute appearances for Marcelo Bielsa's side. In August 2019, it was announced he would be spending the season back in the Championship at newly-promoted Luton Town where he would contribut seven assists and one goal in 25 league games for the Hatters who secured their second-tier status on the final day of the season with a win over Blackburn Rovers.
On 20 August 2020, Brown headed to Yorkshire to join Sheffield Wednesday on loan for the season.
An England Under-16, Under-17 and Under-19 international, Brown played a significant role for the latter age group as John Peacock’s side qualified for the finals of the Under-17 European Championships in Malta in May 2014. He hit four goals in qualifying and then played his part in the final tournament as the young Three Lions were victorious and Brown sealed a trio of trophies for the campaign.
He was called up to the England Under-19 squad for the start of their European Championship qualifying campaign and made his first start at that level in October 2014. He scored two goals in a 3-0 win against Italy a month later.
Brown was named in the England Under-21 squad ahead of the 2017 European Championships but was forced to withdraw through injury.
We look at the loan action for our players over the last couple of days, as several enjoyed a successful conclusion to their Championship campaigns on a dramatic last day in England’s second tier.