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Chelsea ensured they wouldn’t be first on Match of the Day on Saturday night as they avoided a potential banana skin against Chesterfield.

It was lovely to watch Thomas Tuchel’s side play free-flowing, attacking football without being on the edge of our seats for a change. In a weird sort of way, it was even lovelier to have that FA Cup feel once Chesterfield’s Akwasi Asante notched a late consolation and gave the travelling supporters something to cheer about.

However, as much as I enjoyed watching the away end go wild, the highlight of the match was undoubtedly Lewis Hall.

While Chelsea’s academy stars have been lauded for their ability and character, perhaps the greatest quality they all seem to possess is versatility.

Chelsea are building an army of talented youngsters who can play in a number of different positions. You only have to look at the influence of Bukayo Saka at Arsenal to know how vital this quality can be.

The magic of the FA Cup is not just about rooting for the underdog, it’s also about the potential for youngsters to make a name for themselves. We have seen several budding starlets given their moment in the limelight in the FA Cup’s early rounds and Chelsea’s win over Chesterfield was no different.

Timo Werner celebrates scoring the opening goal against Chesterfield with debutant Lewis Hall
Lewis Hall put in a superb display on Saturday evening

Hall was comfortably the most impressive youngster on display. Despite Tuchel fielding a fairly strong team, the 17-year-old looked far from out of place. And the best part of it all was he wasn’t even playing in his preferred position.

Hall is known for playing in a midfield role for the Blues’ youth sides. He thrives as a central midfielder but has now shown that he can adapt his game when needed.

Tuchel played him as a left-sided centre-back on Saturday evening. and he outperformed his fellow defenders by making the most clearances, most key passes and creating plenty of big chances.

Jude Soonsup-Bell, Harvey Vale and Xavier Simons have all been shown the path to the senior side by Tuchel. Both Simons and Vale have showcased their versatility in the youth set-up and this clearly hasn’t gone unnoticed by the Chelsea boss.

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Vale has worked his magic on both the left and right wing, as well as playing as an attacking midfielder, a central midfielder and a centre forward. Meanwhile, despite playing predominantly as a defensive midfielder, Simons has also featured as a central midfielder, centre-back, right-back and right wing-back.

These prospects are still so young and in the extremely early stages of their respective careers. I expect them to continue to make appearances here and there in early domestic cup fixtures, though it might not be long until they’re regulars in the matchday squads for league outings.

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The greatest gift you can have in football is sometimes versatility. Being able to play in more than one position can often earn you the brownie points needed to fast-track your way into the senior side. Just look at Arsenal youngster Saka.

His versatility and hard work have seen him become his side’s most important player and in a few years’ time we may be saying the same about some of the aforementioned Chelsea youngsters.

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