Chelsea Football Club has secured the signing of 17-year-old wonderkid Dujuan Richards, also known as “Whisper”, from Phoenix All Stars, an academy side based in Kingston, Jamaica. The Blues beat out competition from Newcastle to secure the young striker’s signature. Richards has agreed to terms with Chelsea and signed a contract, as confirmed by pictures posted by Phoenix All Stars on social media.
In his last season with Phoenix All Stars, Richards scored 31 goals and provided 19 assists, attracting interest from several Premier League clubs. Newcastle even took him on a trial basis, and he attended their match against West Ham on February 4. However, Chelsea’s chief Joe Shields played a crucial role in securing the deal for the young striker.
Despite his youth, Richards has already been called up to the senior Jamaica squad for matches this month. The Reggae Boyz will face Trinidad & Tobago next week and Mexico on March 26. Richards is the latest addition to Chelsea’s recruitment drive since Todd Boehly’s arrival at Stamford Bridge. The club has spent around £540million on transfers this season, including more than £300m in January alone.
In addition to recruiting stars for the first team, Chelsea has also focused on bringing in fresh talent for the future. This includes players like David Datro Fofana, Andrey Santos, and Gabriel Slonina. The club has also signed players for its academy team, such as Jimmy-Jay Morgan, Zak Sturge, and Omari Hutchinson.
Richards’ signing is a testament to Chelsea’s commitment to nurturing young talent and building a strong squad for the future. With his impressive track record and potential, he could be a valuable addition to the Blues’ attacking lineup.