Another talented player with South African roots has emerged in one of England’s best academies.
Josh Brooking is an 18-year-old 1.85m tall central defender who has been quietly going through the ranks of Chelsea Football Club for the past two years.
The youngster was groomed at Reading Football Club before attracting the interest of Chelsea scouts in the 2018/19 season and he has played regularly for the club’s U18 in the English development leagues. His father left South Africa as a young man and relocated to England, which is where the centre-back was born.
At youth level he has represented England’s U16 and U17 national teams. He is very comfortable on the ball and technically good. His strong aerial presence accompanied by a strong physical frame also makes him stand out amongst his peers at Chelsea.
Brooking has featured for Chelsea in the FA Youth Cup and the UEFA Youth League in the past season.
He joins a growing list of players with South African roots who are going through the ranks of clubs in England’s top flight with the likes of Khanya Leshabela (Leicester City), Max McMillan (Leeds United), Nikola Tavares (Crystal Palace), Kgaogelo Chauke (Southampton), Kaya Tshaka (Southampton) and Bradley Cross (Newcastle) already making their way at different clubs.
FARPost will be keeping tabs on the youngster’s progress at Stamford Bridge as he pushes to realize his dream of playing in one of the world’s biggest leagues some day.
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By Prince Sobayeni