Chelsea completed the signing of young academy player Frankie Runham

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Chelsea has officially confirmed that 17-year-old academy prospect Frankie Runham has signed his first professional contract with the club. Thus, this move adds him to the increasing roster of current talents from Cobham who have committed to the team.

Having dedicated nearly a decade to Chelsea, Runham has advanced through the ranks, reaching the Under-18s last year and gaining valuable experience in competitions like the FA Youth Cup and UEFA Youth League. His current objective is to establish himself in the club’s long-term plans.

Displaying versatility as a forward who can operate across the front line and in deeper positions, Runham has become a consistent presence under the management of Hassan Sulaiman. His recent performances include starting in the last seven games. During which he has contributed with a goal and two assists.

Runham’s commitment to Chelsea adds him to the growing list of Cobham hopefuls securing their mid-term future with the club. Earlier this month, highly-rated full-back Josh-Kofi Acheampong also signed a senior deal. Acheampong, an England youth international, is recognized as one of the top talents emerging from the academy based in Surrey.

Chelsea will like to rely on Runham and other young prospects

Runham may still have a journey ahead before reaching the highest level. Thus, securing his commitment at this stage is a significant accomplishment. This move aligns with Chelsea’s ongoing focus on youth recruitment, exemplified by their activities in the transfer market, including signings like Diego Moreira, Angelo Gabriel, Deivid Washington, and several others.

Despite limited previous top-level experience, Palmer has managed to make a significant impact for Pochettino’s team. While Runham, hailing from Manchester City’s academy, would need evidence of a clear pathway at Chelsea before a first-team opportunity arises, the club’s emphasis on young players provides him with a chance to make strides into the squad.

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