Lesley Ugochukwu joined Chelsea in August from Ligue 1 side Stade Rennais for €27m.
The 19-year-old has made two Premier League appearances for a total of seven minutes so far as well as 90 minutes in the League Cup vs AFC Wimbledon.
Ugochukwu is a clear talent with plenty of potential but he is competing for just two places in what is now a very stacked Chelsea midfield.
Moises Caicedo, Enzo Fernandez, Conor Gallagher and Romeo Lavia all stand in the Frenchman’s way but he is relishing the challenge:
“It’s the same everywhere, in any team, you are not sure to play. When I arrived at Chelsea, I knew where I was going,” he told Le Parisien.
“It’s up to you to prove yourself, to show that you deserve your place. Personally, I have never been afraid of competition. I will learn from very good players like Enzo Fernandez, Moises Caicedo or Romeo Lavia, who is the same age as me. It’s up to me to go and get the most minutes.
“The learning that I have at Chelsea, daily and at weekends, will allow me to strengthen myself and mature in my game. When you are young, you have to play of course but there are trains that don’t pass twice.”