Xavier Mbuyamba

Well to start with, his surname is a bit of a mouthful. But I’d very much urge you to learn it as quick as you can, because this 18-year old is going to the top and will soon become a household name.

Mbuyamba would probably already be a Chelsea player as I type, if not for our transfer ban last summer.

The then 17-year old prospect underwent trials at Chelsea as The Blues were looking to sign him from Dutch side MVV Maastricht before the ban was announced.

He ended up joining Barcelona instead despite his preference being Stamford Bridge.

The young starlet was quoted by The Sun talking about the situation back in March this year. He said:

“At Chelsea, I started the week in under-18s and trained with under-23s at the end of the week.

“The higher the level, the better I got. I would have actually gone to Chelsea, because they were the first to come.

“But because of a transfer ban they could not offer a contract. Then the choice finally fell on Barcelona.

“I have a four-year contract and I like life here. Living on my own is going great. I’m going to do everything I can to succeed here.

Things might not be as rosy as they appear there though, with the Holland under-19 international now being touted for a move to Chelsea by his agent, who has raised concerns over the lack of opportunities he will get at Barcelona.
He has almost put out an SOS for Frank Lampard to come and sign him, and Lampard would be very wise to answer it.
As per The Daily Mail, his agent, Carlos Barros, said:

“Almost all major clubs in Europe have asked about Xavier.

“Real Madrid are also there, they are serious about their youth system, but that would of course be a sensitive switch.

“Juventus and Inter are interested, as are top clubs from Germany and England. Chelsea have the best papers. Of course we discussed this extensively last year.

“Chelsea gave a fantastic presentation. There is a unique football atmosphere there. You immediately sit with the first-team players during lunch and the club has outlined a very ambitious plan for Xavier.

“They really think that in one to two years, he can be in the first team. Frank Lampard has of course already proven that he is not afraid to play with young players. Being in the starting line-up at Chelsea at the age of 20 would, of course, be great.”

Barros is concerned about his clients career if he stays at Barcelona, he continued:

“The ambiguity is enormous. A new presidential election is coming and it could be that many new people will join the board.

“Politically it is very restless and in a sporting sense there is a lot of division. If you see that even Ansu Fati can be loaned out… How can you break through as a talent?”

It is clear that Mbuyamba is a massive talent and has become very sought-after.

He is already 6ft 4in tall and will still be growing. He has a great athleticism for a tall guy and is already being compared to his fellow countryman Virgil van Dijk.

He has been a regular amongst the Dutch youth sides and is a player with a massively high ceiling.

Mbuyamba plays as a centre back and has also played at right back. He is very comfortable on the ball with a good natural technique, but is also a robust player who can command the box.

His height helps him dominate the skies winning many aerial duels. He reads the game well, which helps him in defending various situations.

With those qualities and the fact he will still improve massively, it is no wonder he is being called ‘the next Virgil van Dijk.’

Yet to be capped at even Barcelona B level, Mbuyamba has become a little unsettled already.

It would be a GREAT time for Chelsea to pounce.

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