Teenager Lewis Hall has revealed that he was ‘left shaking’ when learning that he would be handed his Chelsea debut against Chesterfield on Saturday evening.
The academy player, who only turned 17 years of age in September, produced a man-of-the-match performance as the Blues coasted to a 5-1 victory in the FA Cup third round.
Despite featuring on the left-hand side of a back three, Hall played a role in three of Chelsea’s opening four goals, as well as looking composed in defence.
After the game at Stamford Bridge, the prospect admitted that nerves almost got the better of him when learning from Thomas Tuchel that he would make his first senior appearance.
Speaking to BBC Sport, Hall said: “Ever since I was a kid being at Chelsea this is what I worked towards. To finally get the opportunity and in front of my family and the amazing fans it is an incredible feeling.
“I came through the development system at six to eight and got my first contract at nine and have been progressing to this moment.
“We had a meeting during the day when he [Thomas Tuchel] announced the team and I was really nervous straight away. I saw my name on the team sheet and I was shaking. It took a few hours to process it.”
Hall had to deal with cramp during the closing stages, but made it to the full-time whistle with Tuchel having already made his five substitutions.