A SALISBURY soccer school graduate made his Chelsea under-23s debut this week.

Charlie Webster, 17, from Broughton, played for the Blues in their 1-1 draw against West Ham United in the Premier League 2.

Webster started his career at Pezzaz Soccer School, based at Sarum Academy, and joined Chelsea’s youth system in 2016 at the age of 12.

He is also a former pupil at Leehurst Swan School.

Perry Cocking, director of Pezzaz Street Soccer where Charlie at the age of five, tweeted his congratulations to Charlie.

He said: "A player I’ve been lucky enough to have worked with since he was five years old.

"Delighted to be involved in his continued journey in the game. Made his U23 debut this week in the PL2. Well done Charlie!".

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Perry is also Lead DC Coach at Southampton FC, and Youth Scout for the Saints.

The midfielder previously captained England’s Under-16s and scored his first international goal against the Republic of Ireland in August 2019.

He has also represented his country at Under-17 level, coming off the bench in a 4-1 win over United States Under-17s.

He also picked up the player of the tournament award as Chelsea won the Kevin De Bruyne Under-15s Cup in Belgium in 2019.

Last year, Webster also made his Under-18 Premier League debut against Southampton at the beginning of February.

Upon his 17th birthday on January 31, Charlie signed a new Chelsea contract which runs until June 2023 - prior to the signing the midfielder had made nine appearances and scored two goals for Ed Brand's Under-18s.

Last summer, the then 16-year-old Charlie was linked with Borussia Dortmund.

The Bundesliga heavyweights were said to feel Webster could be their next Jadon Sancho, who they signed from Manchester City as a teenager in 2017.

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