Five facts about reported Chelsea target Matthew Bondswell

Sam Preston November 30, 2020
Five facts about reported Chelsea target Matthew Bondswell
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According to a report by the Telegraph, Chelsea are eyeing a move for youngster Matthew Bondswell.

They named the Blues yesterday among the clubs chasing Bondswell.

The Blues have developed a reputation for accumulating young talent in recent years and Frank Lampard is now seemingly committed to giving them a chance.

Here’s a look at five facts about potential addition Bondswell…

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1 – Bondswell plays for RB Leipzig but is currently on loan at Dutch second division side FC Dordrecht. Bondswell is still just 18 years old, and only made his professional debut in August of this year, against Go Ahead Eagles.

2 – He came through the youth ranks at Nottingham Forest, but reportedly turned down a professional deal at the City Ground in 2018.

3 – Bondswell reportedly turned down Liverpool and Manchester United in 2018, opting for a move to Leipzig instead.

4 – He has great pace and could’ve been a professional sprinter. Bondswell apparently represented Nottinghamshire Schools at the 200 metres, and was also a strong triple jumper.

5 – Left back Bondswell has represented England at youth level from Under 15s to Under 18s, including competing at the Under 17 World Cup in Ireland last year.

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What’s the verdict?

Bondswell hasn’t played for Leipzig yet and has only seven senior games – out on loan – under his belt.

He would be one for the future, especially given Ben Chilwell’s arrival at Stamford Bridge in the summer.

Chelsea have had some outstanding young talent in recent years.

Some have been farmed out on loan repeatedly and never made it, but the likes of Reece James and Tammy Abraham have forced their way into Lampard’s plans.

According to the Telegraph, West Ham and Sporting are also among the clubs tracking Bondswell, who could return to England in January.

Chelsea would fancy themselves to see off that competition, but the Englishman may have greater chances of gametime at an earlier stage elsewhere.

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Sam Preston a senior football writer for the Boot Room and United in Focus. He is an NCTJ gold standard news and sports journalist with five years of professional experience writing digital content. He studied with the Press Association and also has a 2:1 Law with French Law degree from the University of Birmingham, which included a year studying at Bordeaux Montaigne University. He is an FA Level 1 football coach who appeared on the BBC’s Victoria Derbyshire show in 2018 and has also written digital football content and match-day programme pieces for Burnley, Colchester United, Mansfield Town and Stockport County.