Chelsea confirm the signing of 17-year-old Dujuan ‘Whisper’ Richards, but the unknown Jamaican talent won’t move to Stamford Bridge until next year

After finalizing a deal to acquire Dujuan “Whisper” Richards, Chelsea has announced the signing of another completely undiscovered future prospect.

Although he has accepted to join the Premier League team, the 17-year-old won’t report to Stamford Bridge until 2024, the year after he turns 18.

Richards is a football standout for the Phoenix All Stars academy in Kingston and a member of the Jamaican national team.

Richards, who mostly plays as a central striker for the Jamaican national team, has made three senior appearances, losing to Qatar and drawing with Trinidad & Tobago before losing to them again.

He was selected for Jamaica’s Gold Cup team due to his impressive performances, and he was a substitute in Sunday’s 1-1 draw with the United States.

In the international setting, he has access to a number of Premier League teammates, including West Ham’s Michail Antonio and Aston Villa’s Leon Bailey, who both play for Jamaica’s Gold Cup team.

 

Richards is the first player from Jamaica to play for Chelsea; Frank Sinclair previously represented the team and the country after being granted eligibility due to his parents’ birthplace.

Before deciding if Richards is ready for opportunities with the first squad in the Premier League, the Blues are anticipated to advance him through their youth divisions.

Under the direction of co-owner Todd Boehly, the acquisition of Richards also emphasizes the ongoing trend of investing in youth.

Chelsea fans have reacted differently to his arrival; some are pleased to see the team sign youthful players, while others are still dubious.

One supporter tweeted: “Chelsea should loan him to Borussia Dortmund for two seasons.” Another said, “Chelsea should look to offload him on a loan move.” What they do with their young players intrigues me. They provide young talents with a platform unlike any other in Europe.

 

 

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