Sweden, November 2021. A trip to face Malmo in the Champions League was hardly one of the biggest fixtures of Chelsea’s season, but it was a momentous occasion in the life of Harvey Vale.
Instead of playing for the Under-19s as they beat their Malmo counterparts 5-0 in the UEFA Youth League on Tuesday afternoon, Vale was named as a substitute for the seniors as Chelsea eked out a 1-0 victory.
A week earlier, the youngster had been named on the bench for the League Cup triumph against Southampton. It’d been the first time Thomas Tuchel had included him in a matchday squad.
And the 18-year-old would make his first-team bow during the quarter-final victory at Brentford in the same competition in the dying days of 2021.
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