A lot of Chelsea supporters were left red-faced when the club sanctioned the departure of emerging talent Lewis Hall to Newcastle United during the summer.
Hall had established himself as one of the finest prodigies to graduate from the prestigious Cobham Academy in recent years, outperforming established stars such as Ben Chilwell and Marc Cucurella.
The club were left in a precarious position when Mauricio Pochettino had to work with four left-backs in the squad, including the highly rated Ian Maatsen, who returned from an impressive loan spell at Burnley.
A decision needed to be made, and the club decided Hall was the one to give way, particularly as his homegrown status counted as ‘pure profit’ in the club account following a senseless splurge.
The teenager joined Newcastle on a season-long loan with a £34 million obligation to buy included in the deal – although the clause can only be activated based on appearances and performance-related factors.
Since Hall’s departure, it’s been a matter of when, not if, he would come back to haunt the Blues, but his limited chances at St. James’ Park reduced the prospect of making Chelsea regret their decision.
The 19-year-old has only managed 240 minutes of first-team football from seven appearances across all competitions but notched his debut goal for the Magpies in the 3-0 win over Manchester United in the League Cup third round.
However, his chance to make Chelsea pay may have finally arrived.
The Evening Standard reports that Newcastle have secured special dispensation to field the teenager against Chelsea despite being ineligible to feature against the Blues in the Toon’s 4-1 Premier League win at St. James’ Park.
Hall has proven to be a dangerous outlet down the left flank and is likely to start the midweek clash ahead of first-choice left-back Dan Burn.
The youngster has been offered a premium opportunity not only to show Chelsea what they’re missing out on but also to stake a claim for regular first-team opportunities at Newcastle.
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