Jake Clarke-Salter was a surprise addition to the Chelsea line up in one and only friendly we played on 29th August.

For those who have not heard of him, here I explain it to you in short.

Jake Clarke-Salter was the captain of England U-21 for 2019 UEFA European U-21 Championship. A team that included Premier League household names Dean Henderson, Aaron Wan Bissaka, Fikayo Tomori, James Maddison, Phil Foden, Harvey Barnes, Mason Mount and Tammy Abraham.

Clarke-Salter joined Chelsea at the age of 9. He has spent seasons on loan at Bristol Rovers, Sunderland, Vitesse and Birmingham. Birmingham manager Pep Clotet rated him very highly and has been vocal about maturity on the field.

Against Brighton Clarke-Salter played 45 minutes, he was very impressive. He was involved in a clearance in the first half when Brighton tried to breakthrough. Things changed drastically when he was substituted and Rudiger came in.

Chelsea fans were very impressed with his 45 minutes, many even went on to tweet that he is better than the current bunch of Centre Backs we have. There have been reports of Derby County and Sheffield Wednesday interested in getting Jake Clarke-Salter on loan. If he stays he could gain vital experience this season under our new signing Thiago Silva.

As mentioned in my previous article German International might be missing from initial games for Chelsea and there are few more players in quarantine, so I would hope Lampard tries Clarke-Salter in our opening game against Brighton.

What do you guys think, should he stay or should Lampard send him on loan to Championship for one more season.

Written by Rahul Nair (twitter: @rrahuln)

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