Chelsea Under-23s manager Adi Viveash believes young Blues defender Dujon Sterling has a bright future ahead of him after his performance against Swindon Town.

The west Londoners are one of the Premier League sides who have fielded their Under-23 team in the EFL Trophy this season, but their youngsters came unstuck against League One opponents Swindon at the County Ground and lost 2-1.

Coming up against more experienced footballers, the youngsters' lack of experience came to the fore, but Chelsea Under-23s boss Viveash believes the best player on the night was 16-year-old Sterling.

A right-back by trade, but able to operate in midfield, the youngster frequently changed positions and despite his tender years looked at home against the more seasoned players in the Swindon team.

Viveash feels Sterling’s performance had everything, and is sure the youngster has a great future ahead of him if he continues to progress at such a speedy rate.  


He told Chelsea TV: “Some of the play was sensation for young players, especially the youngest player.

“Dujon Sterling, at 16, was by far the best player on the pitch in my opinion for both teams.

“His future looks bright if he can produce that level.

“His positional sense was excellent, but use of the ball, power, speed, the ability to move into spaces; he changed his position three times in the game – didn’t look like he was out of position anywhere.

“His performance showed a lot of maturity and that’s what you are after.”

Despite being 16, Sterling has been a regular in the Chelsea Under-23s squad this season, and has clocked up three appearances in Premier League 2.