Chelsea is well into the Frank Lampard reign, one that has seen many of the youngsters at the club blossom into first-team players. Academy talents such as Billy Gilmour, Faustino Anjorin, and Armando Broja have all received first-team minutes, and after training with the first team post lockdown, could Henry Lawrence be the next?
The 18-year-old is an incredibly versatile player. Across many youth competitions this season, he has played at left midfield, right midfield, centre midfield, defensive midfield, and both full back positions. This versatility is a key characteristic in his progression into the Chelsea first team, as he can step in wherever needed.
Henry has featured in all of Chelsea’s Premier League 2 games this season, scoring three goals in 14 matches. Lawrence also featured in the UEFA Youth League and the FA Youth Cup, scoring once.
Lawrence has featured for the England U19 team, scoring an incredible goal in his debut, a 4-2 win for the Three Lions over Belgium. He is a fully pledged English player.
Lawrence possesses a quality right foot, and standing at 5”7, is very agile in the positions that he plays. His best attributes are his explosive pace and his work rate. To improve to first-team level, Lawrence needs to work on his dribbling.
Lawrence made noise when he featured for the Chelsea youth team in a game alongside Reece James and Callum Hudson-Odoi. Lawrence received the ball on the left side of the pitch near the corner flag, cut inside onto his right and curved the ball into the goal from around 25 yards out, an effort that was nominated for Chelsea’s youth goal of the season.
With his contract expiring in 2022, the next season is going to be a big one for Lawrence. It is now his time to prove to Frank Lampard that he is capable of playing first-team football next season.
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