Lionel Messi has already tipped three Chelsea players for fame

As for the art of being able to shout about young and exciting talent, Chelsea are not missing any option.

The Blues, who beat FC Porto last night in the first game of the last 16 games of the UEFA Champions League, can boast a team full of rafters with exciting talent who will almost certainly continue to pursue a stellar career at the very top of world football.

From the big money acquisitions of Kai Havertz and Christian Pulisic, to academy graduates like Reece James and Mason Mount, head coach Thomas Tuchel’s team is flooded with exciting talent who could almost certainly be a torchbearer for this Chelsea team in the years to come.

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Although Chelsea may call on more experienced heads to help them, such as Cesar Azpilicueta, Thiago Silva, N’Golo Kante and Olivier Giroud, they can boast a whole host of young players, such as Billy Gilmour, Callum Hudson-Odoi, Mount, Pulisic and Havertz.

While all five players have a lot of hard work ahead of them in the months and years ahead in trying to turn into true world-class superstars, the current characters look encouraging, and they all tick off their development nicely.

And for Barcelona and Argentina superstar Lionel Messi, Tuchel has three players in his ranks who are destined for a very, very top.

That’s because last year the striker made a list of 15 youngsters to watch out for the Topps ‘Lionel Messi Designed Set’ card package, with a whole host of big stars, including Saint Saint-Germain ace Kylian Mbappe and Phil Foden of Manchester City, including and she.

In addition to the two who did the incision, Mount, Pulisic and Havertz were also involved.

Had the trio received such support from Messi, it speaks volumes about their potential in the sport and what it could achieve in the years to come.

On the mountain, Messi said: “Watching him play, he has the potential to be one of the best.”

On Pulisica, the Barcelona sensation commented: “He has great balance and agility.”

To the potential Havertz, who at the time was still in the books of former Bayer Leverkusen club, having in the locker, Messi added: “His composure in front of goal is so impressive for such a young player.”

The summer transition period is just around the corner.

And the rumor mill is already starting to accelerate.

New Chelsea coach Thomas Tuchel will certainly be looking to bolster the squad he got when he took over Frank Lampard, and there have already been several top players associated with the move, including Erling Haland.

The striker is considered to be the number of blues who have priority in the transfer.

But who would you sign? Join our discussion on the transition period here.

That the trio received such comments is impressive to say the least. But while it’s fair to say that everyone has had different experiences this season, and Mount has undoubtedly enjoyed the most success.

When Frank Lampard left Chelsea in January, there was a fear that Mount would not fall out of favor under Tuchel. Such a scenario did not happen, as the former Derby County borrower cemented himself as one of the most important figures in German plans, scoring five goals since his arrival.