Chelsea talent Mbuyamba celebrates first-team promotion, but who is the Blues’ ‘next van Dijk?’
Chelsea talent Xavier Mbuyamba has taken to social media, to celebrate earning a spot in the first-team set up of Thomas Tuchel.
Who is Xavier Mbuyamba?
Mbuyamba, 19, is a Dutch central defender.
The youngster is a product of the youth system of MVV Maastricht, where he first began to catch the eye of scouts across the continent in making his senior debut at the age of just 16.
In the end, following a further 10 appearances, it was Barcelona who beat out the competition to snag Mbuyamba’s signature, luring the defender to Catalunya to link up with the club’s famed La Masia academy.
To say that the Blaugrana’s plans for the teen didn’t exactly go to plan, though, would be putting it lightly.
Mbuyamba’s stint at the Camp Nou, remarkably, lasted just 12 months, following disagreements between executives at the club regarding his development.
In turn, on the back of a series of broken promises, the Dutchman saw his contract torn up last summer.
This of course opened the door for other suitors to step up, with Chelsea, who had been forced to end their prior interest in his services due to the club’s transfer ban, having quickly swooped.
Mbuyamba went on to put pen to paper on a 3-year deal in West London:
Chelsea have confirmed the signing of Xavier Mbuyamba. He has signed until 2023. Learn more about his journey here: https://t.co/Uhna066eKF #CFC
— Nizaar Kinsella (@NizaarKinsella) August 20, 2020
Despite his somewhat bizarre stint at Barcelona, the stopper’s addition was viewed as a major coup for Chelsea, with Mbuyamba boasting a whole host of impressive defensive traits.
In fact, the 19-year-old’s stature (6ft5) and ability on the ball have even seen him earn early comparisons to Liverpool stalwart Virgil van Dijk.
So, it should not come as a major surprise to hear that, this weekend, Mbuyamba’s talents have seen him rewarded by Thomas Tuchel.
It is of course common knowledge that Chelsea were on the lookout for defensive reinforcements throughout the summer window, with Sevilla star Jules Kounde having been hotly tipped for a Stamford Bridge switch.
In the end, however, such a move failed to come to fruition.
And now, it appears that Tuchel may have identified an in-house alternative.
Taking to his personal social media accounts, Mbuyamba has confirmed that he has been called up to the first-team setup in West London, an opportunity which he appears keen to take full advantage of:
A moment I’ve been working towards since joining this incredible club. @ChelseaFC 💙
Truly blessed to be training with the first team this week. Lots to learn and my motivation is on another level right now!
— Xavier Mbuyamba (@XMbuyamba) September 3, 2021
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