Chelsea retained the Uefa Youth League title in Nyon, Switzerland, on Monday evening (18 April), defeating Paris Saint-Germain 2-1 at the Stade Colovray. The Blues won the game courtesy of a second-half goal from Kasey Palmer, who slotted the ball past Rémy Descamps in goal to ensure the title stays at Stamford Bridge.
The victory maintains Chelsea's proud unbeaten record in the competition, which stretches back to November 2014. Here, IBTimes UK takes a look at the potential stars of tomorrow from yesterday's line-up.
Tammy Abraham is among the most talked-about young strikers in English football, having scored goals at a prolific rate for both the Chelsea and England youth teams. The 17-year-old forward signed for the West London club as an under-8 and has made rapid progress through the ranks.
His goal-a-game record led Chelsea to the Uefa Youth League final this season, while Abraham also bagged a brace for England's under-19 side in a win over Switzerland in March 2015. The highly rated striker signed a new contract in October last year, committing him to the Premier League giants until the end of the 2018/19 season, and is sure to be fighting for a first-team place over the next couple of seasons.
Carshalton-born defender Jake Clarke-Salter has already represented Chelsea at first-team level, making his debut in their lop-sided Premier League win against Aston Villa earlier this month. Clarke-Salter, 18, has been a key figure in Chelsea's recent FA Youth Cup and Uefa Youth League triumphs, pushing for a first-team place at Stamford Bridge, and the 2016/17 season could see the defender make his big breakthrough.
In John Terry-like fashion, Clarke-Salter put his body on the line during the closing stages of Chelsea's narrow victory against Paris Saint-Germain and his composed approach is likely to attract the interest of Chelsea's incoming manager Antonio Conte. He may even be the man to replace the current skipper at Stamford Bridge.
The captain of Chelsea's under-21 side, Charlie Colkett is a central midfielder with the potential to become a star at first-team level. Colkett was on the bench for the first team in a Premier League game at Swansea City earlier this month and has already represented England at under-20 level. The London-born player's obvious leadership skills mark him out as one to watch.
Ola Aina is another young Chelsea defender with enormous potential, having earned his place in the first-team squad under Jose Mourinho. Despite this, Aina actually started his career as a goalscoring wide player, before making the switch to fullback in the Chelsea youth ranks. These days, he is a key member of the club's UEFA Youth League-winning side and will be pushing hard to make the first-team under new boss Conte.
Chelsea signed this wunderkind from Bristol City when he was 14 years old. At the time, the Blues are said to have beaten off stiff competition from their Premier League rivals to secure the player's signature. And thus far, it appears the west London club have made a sound investment.
Maddox inked his first professional contract with the Blues last year and having played an integral role in the head-turning success of their youth sides, the youngster will be looking to push his claim for first-team chances during the coming season.