Chelsea Under-23 boss Adi Viveash has explained that the Blues have to be careful about not overexposing Dujon Sterling.

The 17-year-old, who came off the bench to help his side secure a 2-1 win over Feyenoord in a Premier League International Cup fixture at Aldershot on Tuesday, has featured heavily for the Under-23s this season.

The right-back has thus far made 13 appearances for the young Blues in the present campaign and besides providing stability to his side’s defence, he has also found the back of the net three times.

And Viveash, who has been thoroughly impressed with Sterling’s performances in the 2016/17 campaign, is however wary about not overplaying the teenager.

“The substitutes made a good impact”, he told Chelsea TV after the win over Feyenoord.


“Dujon obviously had a great little 25 minutes again, which is important.

“We are trying to manage his development, he is obviously playing a lot of games at the moment.

“He’s a fantastic talent, but we have to be careful. His desire to score goals is superb.

“He is really a defender, but he can play in any position I think.”

Sterling signed a new deal with Chelsea in late October and is now contracted with the London outfit until the summer of 2019.

The versatile starlet, who yet to make his first team debut for Chelsea, has represented the club up to Under-19 level.