Media Watch: Chelsea reportedly monitor Kane and Lukaku, Mendy sends emotional Instagram message and former Blues youngster opens up on his injury problems

The youngster came through the Academy ranks at Cobham, featuring in the same youth team as the likes of Mason Mount, Tammy Abraham and Ruben Loftus-Cheek and training on many occasions with the senior side under Antonio Conte.

However a succession of injuries, a freak illness and the Covid-19 pandemic hitting have seen him depart Chelsea and move into non-league via a short spell at Coventry.

The midfielder spoke to Goal on how he hopes a move to National League side Yeovil can get his career back on track, as well as opening up on his time at Chelsea.

‘I was playing at Chelsea, 18-years-old, everything was going well, and heading into the Under-23s having won a lot of trophies,’ Wakefield told Goal. ‘I played in unbelievable teams with the likes of Mason Mount, Andreas Christensen, Ruben Loftus-Cheek and many more. Everything was good.

‘I was a Chelsea fan before I signed for them. I used to get goosebumps on Champions League nights. All of a sudden, injuries started. I have had 10 hamstring injuries between the ages of 18 and 21.

‘I then had a collapsed lung which came on top of the hamstring injuries. I had 10 days off to go on holiday so I went to New York with my girlfriend. The plane journey led to me suffering a collapsed lung on the drive to my first training session upon my return.

‘I was rushed to hospital from the training ground and I had to have two months out with no exercise after that.

‘It has been a rollercoaster, but it makes me feel bulletproof. I want to be someone footballers can reach out to because I have been there. I am still just 23, but I have gone through a lot.’

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