Chelsea academy product Tino Anjorin tipped for bright future at Lokomotiv Moscow
Cobham strikes again as Chelsea product earmarked for bright future
The success of Chelsea’s Cobham youth production factory was on full display this summer, with graduates Marc Guehi, Tino Livramento, Lewis Bate, Dynel Simeu, and Myles Peart-Harris all choosing to ply their trade away from West London in moves away from the club this summer. But perhaps the most buzz has come from Tino Anjorin’s move to Lokomotiv Moscow in a somewhat unexpected destination for a product of an English youth academy.
🚂 Faustino Anjorin is in!
✅ Lokomotiv has loaned a 19-year-old attacking midfielder Tino Anjorin
🔴🟢 Enjoy the red-green family, Tino! pic.twitter.com/O97ztbnl9H
— FC Lokomotiv Moscow (@fclokomotiv_eng) September 2, 2021
Anjorin has been touted as one of the best to come through the Chelsea youth ranks in the last half-decade and joining the likes of Reece James, Andreas Christensen, Reece James, Tammy Abraham, Fikayo Tomori, Billy Gilmour, and Calum Hudson-Odoi in a long list of youngsters that have been billed for big things after completing their education.
After hitting 35-goals and 18-assists across a combined 83-appearances between Chelsea’s U18-23 pyramid and earning a Champions League start under Frank Lampard against Krasnodar last December, Anjorin has reached the same crossroads that many academy graduates before him have run into; to fight for a place at Chelsea or go where minutes are on offer.
Though at first a move to the Russian Premier League seemed a strange one, it is the who, what, and why that has put Anjorin at the right place at the right time.
Anjorin receives iconic Lokomotiv shirt; Ralf Rangnick high on the player
It was not all too long ago that Lokomotiv Moscow retired the number 10 shirt at the club, formerly word by now assistant manager Dmitri Loskov. Loskov, who helped Loko Parovozy to two Premier League titles, three Russian Cups, and two Russian Super Cups, is largely viewed as the club’s all-time greatest player; topping both the appearance (421) and goals (128) charts.
Lokomotiv Moscow retired the No.10 shirt in honour of Dmitri Loskov, their greatest-ever player 🔟
Today, they brought it out of retirement for 19-year-old Chelsea loanee Tino Anjorin 🙌 pic.twitter.com/XQi0biGO4B
— Goal (@goal) September 3, 2021
But now, at the will of Loskov himself, Anjorin has been granted the reinstated shirt and will undoubtedly become a key piece of the puzzle under Marko Nikolić at the RZD Arena.
Even more important than his new number is the backing that he has received from none other than clubs Head of Sports and Development, Ralf Rangnick.
Rangnick, widely known across the continent for his superb work at both RB Salzburg and RB Leipzig as well as heading up Red Bulls’ global presence in the footballing community, has a brilliant track record of working with young players over the years.
The Backnang-native played a vital role in convincing Anjorin to leave a club the size of Chelsea and progress his career off the beaten path, and, as reported in the Athletic [link above], the club fully intent to exercise their option to buy the player during the January window.
Should the capital outfit look to make the move a permanent one, it could allow an avenue for Anjorin another crack at his career at Chelsea, with the Blues having a buy-back option should his deal become a permanent one.