Chelsea youngster Islam Feruz set the Youth Cup alight with his goals, only time will tell if he can do the same on a grander stage.
Chelsea youngster Islam Feruz set the Youth Cup alight with his goals, only time will tell if he can do the same on a grander stage. Chelsea picked up Feruz from Celtic in 2011 for a bargain of £300k, taking advantage of a contractual dispute between Feruz and Celtic.
Dubbed “the Scottish Rooney”, the pressure was piled on Feruz’s young shoulders. Similar to Rooney, Feruz garnered a reputation by the time he turned 16. Although, Feruz is much lesser known than Rooney was when he was 16, it’s not every day Chelsea splash £300k on a 16 year old and it’s considered a bargain. Feruz has a similar playing style to Rooney, as well, both have admirable work rates and will go looking for the ball if they’re not getting favourable service.
Since arriving at Chelsea, Feruz has been a regular in Chelsea’s youth team, making the step up to reserve football on a few occasions, to. Feruz struck up a great partnership with fellow prospect, Lucas Piazon. The Brazilian lined up behind him, feeding him through balls throughout Chelsea’s Youth Cup run.
This Youth Cup run ended in success for Feruz and co., lifting the trophy after a 4-1 aggregate win in the final over Blackburn Rovers. Feruz finished the campaign with 12 games in 21 appearances for The Blues, five of which came in the Youth Cup.
The next few years in Feruz’s development will be crucial. Soon, he’ll be sent out on loan, where there will a be a true test for the young scot. If Feruz is given opportunities by Chelsea over the next few years then he could prove to be a big player for them in the future. If he turns out to be half as good as Wayne Rooney then he’ll be a success story of Chelsea’s youth system.