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Jude Soonsup-Bell slices up Barnsley defence and scores outrageous backheel goal in Youth Cup rout

Chelsea have prized their academy for a number of years in the past decade, having won their fair share of silverware in almost every youth level represented by the club.

The academy has successfully churned out the core of the young unit at the club right now, and can boast of having the services of the likes of talented youngsters such as Mason Mount, Reece James and Callum Hudson-Odoi.

Another name that one can expect to join their ranks in some time is Jude Soonsup-Bell, who put up an exceptional performance in Chelsea’s fourth round FA Youth Cup rout of Barnsley: capped off by one dazzling solo run to end with a flourish.

Soonsup-Bell, having already had secured the match ball with three goals from the evening, went on an enticing run through the Barnsley defence: going past defenders as if they were not there at all.

Once he successfully dribbled past the fullback and was met by a crowd of defenders in front of goal, he showed extravagant flair by backheeling the ball casually into the back of the net: leaving the goalkeeper and the Barnsley defence utterly helpless as well as stunned.

It was a moment of brilliance for the extremely precocious 16 year old, and showed sparks of his talent which he can potentially transcend into the highest level of football.

Chelsea won the FA Youth Cup for five years in a row between 2014 and 2018, having had the aforementioned alumni from those teams going on to achieve senior appearances for the club.

It might as well turn out to be the same for the English forward when he inevitably is given his shot at success by Frank Lampard, if he manages to keep his trickery, guile and finesse up to scratch for the years to come.

By Sagarneel Chakraborty

Football enthusiast for a decade.

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