During Chelsea’s 7-1 demolition of Grimsby Town, no less than 5 players made their debuts for the first team. Amongst the new boys was attacking midfielder Faustino Anjorin. Whilst many have heard of James and Gilmour while Guehi has appeared on the bench numerous times, Maatsen and Anjorin were more unknown among the Chelsea fans.
Despite being just 17, the latter of the two has been tearing up the youth leagues for three seasons now, so I thought it would be worth diving a little deeper to see who he is.
Born in Poole to Nigerian-English parents, Anjorin first joined Chelsea at Under-7’s level and has been here ever since. Playing mainly as an attacking midfielder, he made his first U18 appearance in the 17/18 season, appearing the U18 Premier League, the FA Youth Cup and UEFA Youth League. In the past three seasons he has racked up 50 appearances for various youth teams, amassing 23 goals and 11 assists in that time. In that time, he’s won multiple FA Youth cups.
In his debut game for the first team, he came on for Pedro in the 67th minute, and didn’t look at all out of place. He made multiple forward runs and got involved in and around the box. He had an opportunity to score when he took the ball around the keeper, but a heavy touch made the finish too tight and his shot narrowly missed. However as great as it to see so many players making their debut under Lampard, don’t expect them to feature often.
As is often the way for a Chelsea youngster, the best thing for Anjorin will be to go out on loan. In my opinion, he should see out this season with the youth team and a possible first team appearance or two if Chelsea get lucky in the draw for the FA Cup then aim to get a loan to a Championship team. Just look at James, Tomori, Abraham and Mount. Going out on loan is no bad thing. Getting experience in a league that is as physical as the Championship is only going to make players better.
I’ll admit it’s hard to make a judgement on a player with such little experience and such little evidence to go off of, but if things play out nicely for Anjorin, Chelsea might have uncovered another gem from the ever so productive academy. He looks like the perfect blend of skill and strength mixed in with raw talent and I believe he could make it big.