(Watch highlights of his superlative performance) Chelsea fans sing praise of Blues academy star in 5-1 FA Cup win against Chesterfield

January 8th, 2022 by Olasunkanmi Ibikunle

Chelsea fans sang the praises of latest Cobham product Lewis Hall as the teenager bagged an assist on his senior debut.

Hall, 17, was thrust into Thomas Tuchel’s starting XI for Saturday’s 5-1 FA Cup third round win against Chesterfield.

Usually a midfielder, Hall lined up on the left-side of a three-man defence at a sold-out Stamford Bridge.

And he greatly impressed as he became Chelsea’s youngest-ever player in the FA Cup.

Hall first played a role in the build-up to Timo Werner’s sixth-minute opener.

The Blues then went 2-0 up thanks to Callum Hudson-Odoi’s curling effort before Hall really made his mark on the game.

The starlet made a darting run down the left flank before whipping a ball across the Chesterfield box.

Club-record £97.5million buy Romelu Lukaku was on hand to tuck the ball home for 3-0, sending the home fans wild.

Hall soon followed it up with another ‘assist’, as his long-range shot was parried by visiting goalie Scott Loach only to be headed in by Andreas Christensen for 4-0.

Chelsea scored their fifth after the break when Christian Pulisic won a penalty, with Hakim Ziyech converting from the spot before Chesterfield pulled one back.

But it was Hall’s brilliant performance which saw pundit Martin Keown declare: “Remember his name.”

And footy fans at home were equally loud in their praise for Hall’s efforts.

Former Chelsea player, youth coach and assistant manager Jody Morris said: “Hall having a great debut, well done young man.

“And fair play to Tuchel again embracing the youngsters in the academy.”

One tweeted: “Lewis Hall balling, balling. That Cobham factory got some future.”

Another boomed: “This is the Lewis Hall show tonight.”

One noted: “17 year old Lewis Hall, debut man of the match loading.”

Another added: “LCB isn’t even Hall’s position. Impressive debut.”

Hall wasn’t the only player making his Chelsea debut tonight, with goalkeeper Marcus Bettinelli also featuring for the first time.

Explaining his selection before kick-off, boss Thomas Tuchel said: “Marcus deserves it and is desperate to make his first game and feel the excitement of being on the pitch.

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