If the start of Todd Boehly’s reign at Chelsea Football Club has said anything to anyone, it’s that he enjoys almost every level at the club. From the women’s team to the academy team, Boehly has made it clear that there isn’t one team at the club that isn’t worth investing in. Back in mid-July, just days after Raheem Sterling confirmed his future at the club, Arsenal academy star Omari Hutchinson decided to move from north London to west London and join the blues in a shocking turn of events.
He started his youth career at Chelsea and joined the Charlton Athletic academy before coming to the attention of Arsenal. He had 17 goals and 16 assists in just 46 appearances combined for the Gunners’ U18 and U23 sides. The 18-year-old is considered one of the most promising young footballers with his assertive dribbling style and speed of play. He will be a great addition to the Blues’ ranks.
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Whether he took part in numerous first-team training sessions with Arsenal last season or impressed Mikel Arteta with his prolific passing and determination, Hutchinson is a player the club should appreciate as they continues to become a more complete individual. Chelsea are set to transfer Hutchinson on loan with Reading in the Championship this season as the club hopes he will flourish and one day take the next step towards regular football practice at Stamford Bridge.
Going from rival to rival as a young player of the caliber isn’t something that happens often. Arsenal will no doubt regret the collapse of contract negotiations at the last minute as some people compare Hutchinson to a youngster Sterling or Bukayo Saka.
Chelsea Academy fought relegation last season by a single point in Premier League 2, so Boehly knew he needed to strengthen the youth teams. The fact that the Gunners beat the Blues 9-2 on aggregate last season in PL2 has opened the club’s eyes to trying to add more young talent with many of its key contributors moving up the ranks. Hutchinson may not play much academic football with the Blues, but with one or possibly two loans, the young Jamaican international could impress Tuchel enough to give him a chance in the first team.
In general, Hutchinson plays as No. 10, pulling all the strings from midfield. But his versatility also allows him to play wide, with his speed and attacking mindset. Maybe it was the backflips he did against Chelsea last season in the Papa John’s Cup or in the league that intrigued the Blues to sign him, but his potential is very high.
His confidence on the ball is evident, scoring two miraculous solo goals against Chelsea last season. These demonstrated his speed, awareness and class by beating the goalkeeper from outside the box. People looking to break into the Blues first team have to be multi-dimensional, and that describes Hutchinson’s game perfectly.
Hutchinson and the Blues will be able to see where his game stands when it comes to senior level when he moves to Reading for the current campaign. Progressing from the academy to the first team at Chelsea is one of Chelsea’s most difficult tasks, with the club always on the lookout for talent elsewhere, but Hutchinson looks set to succeed with the type of career he has had so far. now.
Levi Colwill will have another chance next season to become a backline mainstay while Carney Chukwuemeka impresses Tuchel in training just a week after his arrival. All signs point to Hutchinson being given an opportunity due to the change at the club, and when he does, his growing skills will give him a chance to be a consistent contributor.
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