Three Chelsea Youngsters Who Deserve to Feature In The FA Cup vs Peterborough

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The FA Cup third round is upon us and Premier League leaders Chelsea will kick-off their campaign against League One side Peterborough at the Stamford Bridge on Sunday. Chelsea who lost their first game in the league since October against Tottenham on Wednesday night will be looking to bounce back from the defeat over the weekend and will be hoping to progress further in the competition.

Manager Antonio Conte has looked to stick with an established playing XI this term and hasn’t chopped and changed the core of the squad much. However, the cup clash against a lower league side will provide an opportunity for the Italian to give some game time to certain fringe players who have had to watch from the sidelines.

Here we pick three youngsters from the Blues squad who haven’t featured regularly but deserve to be given a run in the FA Cup contest on Sunday:

Ola Aina

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The 20-year old versatile defender has been an ever-present on the Chelsea benches this term but has made only 2 Premier League appearances as a substitute clocking a total of eight minutes only. However, Aina did feature two times in the EFL Cup, in the 3-2 win over Bristol Rovers in the second round and the 1-2 loss against West Ham in the fourth round where Chelsea were dumped out of the tournament.

The defender, who can play on the right-side or the left-side or even in an advanced position on the flanks joined the Chelsea academy as a winger back in 2008 and has evolved into a strong full-back. Blessed with great pace and acceleration, Aina is also a good reader of the game and is a strong defender. With Victor Moses having featured so heavily, he could do with some rest and Aina should get a look in on Sunday.

Written by Raghavendra Goudar

Mechanical Engineer, avid reader and a football fanatic.

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