Chelsea attacking midfielder Harvey Vale has been included in the travelling party for the game against Lille this evening.
The 18-year-old has already made four first-team appearances this season but those have all come in domestic cup competitions so it will be interesting to see whether he makes his debut in the Champions League tonight.
Supporters on Twitter believe manager Thomas Tuchel must be a big fan of Vale, with there being some debate over whether he should be given a run-out in France:
Looks like TT really rates this guy
— KEVIN (@KEVIN97182493) March 15, 2022
PROJECT YOOF 😍😍😍
— CheekyMirfy ⭐⭐ (@CFCmirfy86) March 15, 2022
Are we playing Lille’s U23 squad?
— DCP (@DCpete6) March 15, 2022
trying him with Kai up top tonight will be interesting
— Johnpaul (@OpolotJohnpaul) March 16, 2022
— Lynn Latchmansingh (@LynnLatchmansi1) March 15, 2022
On The Bus💙🥰
— jolake (@jolake415) March 15, 2022
Play him then
— Viraj Mandhare (@CFCMandhare) March 15, 2022
Always included, but he never gets, played
— TELLA 🇨🇩 🇸🇦 (@unexpectedchris) March 15, 2022
I think this guy would have a better goal sense than Odoi
— Genesis 17:5 (@Sheunlabi) March 15, 2022
Vale has been on the bench for two Champions League matches already this campaign, having made the matchday squad for the group game against Malmo and the first leg versus Lille last month, but he didn’t make an appearance in either match.
However, with the Blues already being 2-0 up in the tie, it could be the case that Vale will get some minutes tonight if Chelsea’s progress through to the quarter-finals is all but secure.