Jake Clarke-Salter continued his comeback from injury last night as he completed 90 minutes for Chelsea’s Development side in a fixture with Reading.
The Chelsea youngster made the switch to the Memorial Stadium on deadline day but is yet to make an appearance for Darrell Clarke’s side.
Last night was Clarke-Salter’s second appearance for the Development side since his loan move. Jake had previously come through a successful 90 minutes against Tottenham earlier this month after an agreement was made between the clubs that he would stay at Chelsea to build his match fitness.
The teenager, who turns 19 later this week told Chelsea’s website “I’ve been out for a long time so it’s important that I build up match fitness and get ready for the standard of football in League One.
“I can’t wait to go out and get my first experience of men’s football; dealing with the mental and physical aspects of the game, playing in front of crowds and fighting for three points every week.”
Fellow Chelsea loanee Charlie Colkett scored his first professional goal at the weekend in a 1-1 draw with Bradford City and Jake is eager to join up with his Development Centre teammate.
“I’ve been speaking with Charlie and he’s enjoying it a lot so I’m looking forward to joining him and hopefully playing together.
“It’s nice to be able to go out together because we’ve known each other for a long time. I’m also quite close to Tammy [Abraham] and Kasey [Palmer] so I speak to them a lot. It’s great to watch what they’re doing and it makes me hungry to get out and do the same.”
The England Under-19 International is due to be in action again for Chelsea’s Development side again this Friday [23rd September] as they entertain Arsenal at Stamford Bridge.