Jody Morris remains the youngest player to represent Chelsea in the Premier League, but admits the team he grew up in would be no match for the one he is set to lead in The FA Youth Cup Final tonight.
So highly regarded was former central midfielder Morris as a teenager, he was named the club’s young player of the year in 1996-97 – the same season the Blues lifted the FA Cup.
He was capped by England at Under-21 level and won European honours before leaving Stamford Bridge, but returned to west London after hanging up his boots.
- The FA Youth Cup
- Final, First Leg
- 7.45pm, Tuesday 18 April 2017
- Academy Stadium, Manchester
- Live on ITV4
And tonight, Morris’s team will begin their quest to win The FA Youth Cup for a fourth successive season when they travel to Manchester City’s Academy Stadium for the first leg.
The 38-year-old admits the setup now is almost unrecognisable to the one he was part of.
Morris said: “Since I first came to Chelsea as a player, the club has come on leaps and bounds.
“There is so much help for the players and they have so many resources they can lean on to help them develop.