Michael Beale gives the inside track to the four youngsters who are ready to illuminate the play-off final
Rangers trainer Michael Beale is in the unique position that he has helped develop four of the British youngsters who are ready for major roles in Monday's play-off final after the lead role for finalists Aston Villa and Derby this season .
Beale has worked with Tammy Abraham, Fikayo Tomori, Mason Mount and Harry Wilson during his earlier roles in the youth line-ups at Chelsea and Liverpool.
& # 39; It's amazing that these guys are playing right now and therefore the seasons they've had all deserve something better and have to play in the Premier League next year regardless of the outcome of the game & # 39 says Beale.
And Beale gave Sportsmail the inside track on the four loanees who are ready for big things.
Michael Beale gave Sportsmail the inside track on the four loanees who focus on big things
(on loan from Aston Villa from Chelsea)
I have known him since he was seven when I was head of the local development centers for Chelsea in South London. He lived in Peckham and was recommended to us by a local scout named Alf Blanford.
There was a little tug of war between us and Arsenal to have Tammy draw. He was always a really energetic, enthusiastic boy and always the tallest boy, just as he is now.
His catchy personality when he played shone through as you see now. He has clearly grown up, but has a wonderful innocence and energy when he plays.
He scored four goals as he scored a winner in the Premier League and is still so today. He was very versatile and not only played as a center ahead. On the other hand, he also played as mid back and midfield in the middle of his upbringing at Chelsea. He also played broadly.
He was in a very talented age group and at the forefront thereof.
I left Chelsea when he was 14 and he was one of the better players in the country. When he went full-time, he really reaped the benefits and excelled.
Tammy Abraham came through the Chelsea academy for a number of loan flights
He is a fantastic talent. He was always destined to play the game because he would not physically fail and he had this beautiful personality and work ethic during his training, so they were two really good things.
Technically, as a young player, he had to improve certain elements of his game, and that is where the coaching program and staff at Chelsea really helped him. He has not been injured so it has been a very smooth ride.
It is proof of the work that Chelsea has done with him in the age groups there to bring his technique into line with his athletics and personality. Now he just needs a chance. He will play the Premier League or the highest championship for the rest of his career.
The only question is whether he gets the chance with Chelsea or another Premier League club, because he is just as good as some of the strikers who play, certainly traditionally in the Premier League. The loans in Bristol City and Villa have been especially good for Tammy and have given him good exposure.
Now Chelsea fans are very aware of him and football fans in general and there is a possibility for him to break through and play somewhere. There is a question at Chelsea whether the transfer embargo will be there, but if not, Tammy will have enough suitors to find and play a normal home.
If you ask the fans at Villa if they are going up, they will be desperate to keep him. His goals have had a major impact on where Aston Villa ended up this season.
The British attacker scored 26 goals this season in 39 appearances for Aston Villa
(on loan to Derby from Chelsea)
He came in at about the same time as Tammy Chelsea, also through the same scout Alf. I remember that Fikayo & # 39; s father Yinka took him to the development center we had in Kidbrooke, in the south of London, where I was the head coach at the time, but with only 10 minutes left of the session because he couldn't find the center .
The first thing Fikayo did when he came on the field bumped into a tackle and then drove ahead. We thought & # 39; woah, let's visit him with our better players. & # 39; By the time Fikayo came in, it was late in the season and we had made a lot of decisions about who we would choose for our subjects next year. but & # 39; wow & # 39 ;.
After 10 minutes we knew we had to take him to Cobham with Cobham at the weekend and he did not look back. We made an offer for him within four or five weeks.
Fikayo was either a central midfielder or a defender. He also flirted a little with the right back. He is a huge personality outside the field. Very loud and talkative. I now begin to see that vocal side of him come true in his performances.
He and Tammy were always hammer and tongs when they were young. Best of friends now, but always going back and forth. His parents Yinka and Mo have been fantastic to him, so he worked balanced and hard. I thought it was great to see how he was doing.
Fikayo Tomori grew up in Chelsea for spells with Brighton, Hull City and Derby
I have friends in Brighton who talk so lovingly about him. Liam Rosenior glowed on the character of the boy when he went on loan there, compared to perhaps one or two other young boys who had entered there from large clubs and did not have the same way to wear themselves.
He has always been a really athletic boy that you thought he would not fail, but certainly had to work technically to get himself to the level that he is today. It's hard to be a young central defender, but his reading of the game and athletism to get himself out of trouble is fantastic.
He has extensive experience at a youth level with Chelsea and England and if he were French, he might have broke through with a Premier League team. There is still that stigma about young British players.
Playing alongside an experienced center-half like Richard Keogh would have helped him and also the influence of Chelsea from Frank Lampard and Jody Morris as they will know much about his background.
That is important for a young player. He has had a huge season personally and this year won all the awards at Derby, which speaks volumes, especially those of the fans because a young player on loan from Chelsea, many fans will look at you to see your mentality and consistency. He had a very good defensive collaboration with Jake Clarke-Salter in Chelsea. The one on the right left the other on the left, they could bring the ball outside and play as midfielders.
With him it was exactly whether he would be big enough to be a center or whether he should be an accomplished back. But these young players from Chelsea have been at youth level all over the world and played with their countries against the best teams and have done well. If you can prove yourself in those games that you are as good as those players, that is a big part of their development. It gives you faith.
The defender has played 54 games in all competitions for Derby County, this term
(on loan to Derby from Chelsea)
He entered Chelsea as a six, seven year old man from Portsmouth. He had this little Mohawk haircut and a big smile. He was incredibly contagious in terms of his training and how to go to the coaches.
He was quite small when he was young but had a unique personality. A tenacity to play. Trained ever so hard. Probably as hard as I have ever seen someone train. Every day. Right foot, left foot … couldn't get him off the training field.
I remember that he fails to reach a level below 13, 14 every week, but keeps trying to make this knuckle-free kick that David Luiz and Didier Drogba did in the first team at the time. He was obsessed with trying. I remember the reaction when he first came out … he was shocked by himself. He would always be fun and early on training, Saturday morning, 30-45 minutes early, practicing with the ball. You should drag it at the end of the field. He was really competitive.
When he was little, he was very small and do you think physically how he will develop in an academy with players that were much more athletic?
But he was a grower and grower and all coaches warmed him up because he had the biggest smile in the world.
His best friend was Declan Rice. They were the link between midfield. They always bounced off each other, with the enthusiasm that they put into training three times a week. Mason takes on every challenge, especially if he feels that he is being doubted.
Mason Mount joined Chelsea at the age of six before he went on loan to Vitesse and Derby
He jumped up to play with these older boys and imagined the physical differences between him and a Tammy or Fikayo at the time. But Mason was fearless. He has a focus and a level of determination and will see that very rarely. It is fair to say that he is a slow burner in the sense that he constantly improves, improves and improves. Look at Vitesse last year.
The first six months were probably quite difficult because the coach immersed him in and out. Many players would shrink from that. But he joined the team around Christmas time and blew the Eredivisie away. We are now talking about the players of Ajax and how much they are worth. This time last year, from Christmas Day, Mason Mount was the best player in the division. Many clubs in Europe were very excited to sign it last summer.
It was a fantastic year for him in Derby. Frank Lampard is one of his heroes. The championship for a player who is still growing is a very ruthless competition, but it is proof to him that Derby & # 39; s meager spell was likely when he was out of the team.
At Chelsea we had a lot of players in the age groups around him who were very talented and played in similar positions to Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Charlie Colkett, Charly Musonda, Jeremie Boga.
But Mason was so driven to conquer the others and reach where he was going. His ability to finish both feet remotely is striking. Through practice and personality he got better and better. It would be very difficult to find a young player with his head more on his shoulders than Mason.
He reminds me a bit of Trent Alexander-Arnold. They are never satisfied. As they do, it is nothing compared to their ultimate goal for Mason to play at Chelsea. He wants to be the next young player to break through. If he gets a chance, he has more than enough to show it.
Fans of Chelsea will love him because he will be the same as Lampard, a midfield goal scorer with an excellent work ethic.
The English midfielder has scored 11 goals this season in 43 appearances for Derby
(on loan to Derby from Liverpool)
When I first came to Liverpool, he was in the under-16s and a bit of a winger. Very fast, rather shy. Nice left foot. He was also part of a very talented team – Ryan Kent, Sheyi Ojo and we bought Sergi Canos from Barcelona, so we had four fantastic wingers.
I always had the feeling that he would burn more slowly because he was physically small. It is not so much the height, but is filled in so that you are not knocked down. Now he has filled himself in and is strong in his body and wins many free-kicks.
The communication between me and Harry all the time was about the other guys, maybe they get there faster because they are physically better able than he was then, but they told him to just trust the process and keep working. You are against you every day.
It is a real lesson for any player who is young at a young age and who you will complete. It's just about believing in yourself. One thing with Harry is that he can be very quiet in a game and score. And he scores spectacular goals such as the free kick of the knuckle ball at Man United this season, which was incredible.
Harry Wilson signed for Liverpool for the first time at U9 level, but has yet to appear
The people who will not be surprised by that goal were the ones who worked with him in Liverpool because he practiced every day. He has that trademark as Arjen Robben when he comes from the right and bends the ball with his left foot. We talked to him about using his right foot, what he did, but every time he came to his left and scored, he would give you that knowing look. He will smile at that comment because he has gotten a lot better with his right foot.
We celebrated every goal he got with his right foot or head as a big triumph because it was the things we were working on. I remember sitting around talking to him about his right foot all week and playing Everton. He came in and scored in the mini-derby from 30 meters left foot and gave me that smile and winked. He has that cheeky personality. He is very driven.
One thing he is good at, where many young wingers are not good at, is that he likes to be behind, so he is more of a broad forward. His goal record at a level below 23 was something of 50 goals in 59 games. Unbelievable. If you look at the top 10 goals in this year's championship, Harry will probably have three or four.
He traveled from a small town in Wales, 50 miles a way to train four or five nights a week, so his father Michael's sacrifice to take him to the academy was fantastic. He now lives in the same house with Mason Mount, so it's nice for me to see what these guys you had were seeing them live at the moment. I see that every time I see it on TV.
The Welsh winger has just found it 17 times in 46 games so far this season
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