City lad Izzy set to make his Chelsea debut

Izzy Brown.
Izzy Brown.
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Former city schoolboy Izzy Brown will make his senior Chelsea debut on Monday night.

Jose Mourinho has confirmed that the teenage star from Hampton will feature in the Premiership game at The Hawthorns.

The Chelsea boss said: “Against West Bromwich, especially because they’re safe and nobody is waiting for a result, I’ll play some of the kids including Izzy Brown. He comes from West Bromwich so it’ll be special for the kid to play in that house . . . the boy deserves it.”

Brown left West Brom to join Chelsea in 2013 for a compensation fee of around £1 million.

Considered one of the brightest talents in English football, Brown became the second youngest ever Premier League player when he appeared for the Baggies in May 2013, and has since developed a reputation for himself at Stamford Bridge.

A winner of the FA Youth Cup and UEFA Youth League, Brown is also an English youth international, and captains the Blues Under 19 side.

Brown used to play for the local Kick-Off Soccer School run by Adam Clements before joining the Leicester City Academy as a 14 year-old.

Another local footballer to join the Leicester City Academy as a 14 year-old was Daniel Rowe and he has this week signed a two-and-a-half year professional contract with the Foxes.

Rowe (18), who played in the Junior Alliance League with Abbey Athletic and Woodston, starred for the Leicester City Under 18 team that reached the semi-finals of this season’s FA Youth Cup.

He is an attacking midfielder and scored nine goals for the side this season and 11 the season before that.