18-year-old talent promoted to Chelsea first-team training, raising high expectations for his future
Chelsea’s recruitment policy under Todd Boehly has seen the club bring in exciting young talent from all over the world. Among the Blues’ recruits in 2023 was Dujuan Richards from Jamaica.
Richards is a product of the prestigious Phoenix Academy in Jamaica renowned for producing Aston Villa’s Leon Bailey. Last year, Richards burst into prominence with his performances at the Manning Cup in Jamaica.
The exciting youngster’s highlight reels from the tournament went viral on social media and attracted the attention of several Premier League clubs. Among them, Newcastle United and Chelsea.
Chelsea won the race for Dujuan Richards
Richards spent a trial at Newcastle, but in the end, it was Chelsea who won the race for his signature wrapping him up on a pre-contract in June.
By then, Richards had already become a fully-fledged senior Jamaican international. Making his debut in March against Trinidad and Tobago he became the youngest player to represent Jamaica in the last 20 years.
Last summer, Richards was also included in Jamaica’s squad for the Gold Cup. In Jamaica’s 4-1 victory over Trinidad and Tobago, Richards even managed to get himself on the score-sheet becoming the youngest Jamaican to score in the competition and the second youngest player overall, behind Canada’s Alphonso Davies.
Richards progressing well
He’s had to wait patiently to join Chelsea until his 18th birthday in November 10th. But he’s made impressive progress since linking up with the Blues. Since December, The Chelsea Chronicle can reveal he’s been regularly training with Mauricio Pochettino’s first team and has impressed coaches with his performances.
Sources close to the player believe Richards has the potential to even surpass fellow Phoenix academy graduate, Bailey. The Chelsea Chronicle sources also understand that coaches at the club have been enamoured by his progress since joining Chelsea, and have high hopes for his future.
The possibility of a loan move cannot be ruled out in January, but Richards is determined to stay at Stamford Bridge and fight himself into first team reckoning for the time being.