With a transfer ban looming this summer, Chelsea’s need to tap into their conveyor belt of academy talents has perhaps never been greater.
Despite claims Frank Lampard could be ready to take over and potentially really make use of the club’s young prospects, one man who won’t be in west London next season will be Martell Taylor-Crossdale.
According to the latest update from Sky Sports, the 19-year-old is on his way to the Bundesliga and will undergo a medical with Hoffenheim after reaching an agreement with Chelsea to leave on a free transfer.
With the young striker finishing as the top scorer in the U18 Premier League in 2017, some Chelsea fans took to Twitter to admit that Taylor-Crossdale could be someone who ‘slipped away’ for the club in the future.
Others however wished the forward luck and felt Hoffenheim – who finished ninth in the Bundesliga last season – were the ideal club for him to maximise his talent.
Check out some of the mixed reaction of Chelsea fans on Twitter below:
Instead of using Wat they have…… they are selling them.
D blues letting me down
— Bobbymike (@AnakorMichael) June 17, 2019
Are Chelsea having a clear out?
— Andrew Wordley (@WordleyAndrew) June 17, 2019
A good move for him, hoffenheim are great at developing young talent
— Marvin Reddick (@Marvin_Reddick_) June 17, 2019
Martell Taylor-Crossdale, prolific striker for Chelsea U18 has joined Hoffenhiem on a free.
Some kids will always slip through the net.pic.twitter.com/wRvCYpj4x7
— Gilles ??? (@GrimandiTweets_) June 17, 2019
He was top scorer a few seasons ago at youth level. I’ve only seen a few videos of him and I think it’s one that slipped away. A good deal for his career tho as it’s hard to see that he’ll be getting a look in at our first team anytime soon.
— GiDDy (@GiddyLes1) June 17, 2019
Another Chelsea talent who never made the cut and opportunity
— Melvin Bartolome (@melmo_29) June 17, 2019