Chelsea have picked up 17-year-old goalkeeper Teddy Sharman-Lowe from League One outfit Burton Albion. The youngster has signed a three-year contract and will return to his former club on loan for the remainder of the season.
Sharman-Lowe has risen through the ranks of Burton’s academy, and having made the first-team squad on seven occasions last season there is hope that he will soon be handed his professional debut at the Pirelli Stadium.
A prodigious talent, Sharman-Lowe is already an England U-17 international.
The 17-year-old said in an interview with Burton Albion’s official website: “It’s brilliant and it has all happened so fast. Burton have developed me so well and now it’s another new beginning and, hopefully, I can develop further with Chelsea.
“I’m excited to be joining such a great club, especially as they are known for bringing on young players.
“It has all happened in a flash, from playing for the first team in pre-season, and then joining a top-four Premier League contender.
So convinced were Chelsea by Sharman-Lowe’s promise that former goalkeeper and now technical and performance advisor Petr Cech personally attended one of the shot stopper’s games alongside Chelsea’s head of recruitment.
Sharman-Lowe arrived at Burton from Leicester City in 2017 and according to Paul Reynolds, the Head of Goalkeeping and Welfare at the Academy, he has drastically improved both his physical prowess and his distribution.
Whilst he may not solve Chelsea’s goalkeeping issues presently, Sharman-Lowe is certainly an exciting young talent and his development will be closely monitored over the next few years.
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