Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho is expected to hand many Blues prodigies a rare crack at the first-team whip when the champions travel to West Brom for their penultimate match of the campaign.
The Portuguese revealed that those who have accumulated the most minutes this season will be rested to play in the final game of the season against Sunderland, so expect the changes to be wrung ahead of this trip to the Hawthorns.
It’s the potential for a line up far removed from that which regularly graces Premier League pitches that’s seen the west Londoners afforded an even-money price for victory in the Black Country, with the Baggies’ 3/1 a tempting offering against an immensely inexperienced outfit.
Obviously, a coach as savvy as Mourinho isn’t going to field a full XI of rookies to be decimated against seasoned pros in the Midlands, but a few unfamiliar faces will be selected and we’ve opted to assess their prospects of finding the net.
Dominic Solanke – 7/4 to score @ any time
Despite being just 17 years old, Solanke already boasts an impressive trophy collection, with two FA Youth Cups, a UEFA Youth League and an England Youth Player of the Year to his name.
A recent hat-trick against Liverpool Under-21s took his tally for the current campaign north of the 40-goal threshold and, with doubts over the fitness of Loic Remy and Didier Drogba, it rates as a fair assumption that the Reading native will grace the Hawthorns pitch at some stage.
Likely to spearhead the attack at some point and with an obvious talent for finding the net, Solanke looks a sound price to notch on his Premier League bow.
Issiah Brown – 2/1 to score @ any time
Brown is sure to receive an unwelcoming reception if he makes his Chelsea Premier League bow here, having left West Brom for west London just days after the Baggies handed him his first taste of professional football.
More of a second-striker than an orthodox number nine in the Solanke mould, Brown is likely to operate either out wide or behind a solo frontman in a chance creation as opposed to chance conversion berth.
Ruben Loftus-Cheek – 9/2 to score @ any time
None of the current Chelsea youth crop have had as much access to the first-team as Loftus-Cheek has this term, suggesting he is Mourinho’s favourite of the bunch and the one most likely to start here.
The obscurely-named Lewisham local will be deployed in a screening capacity, probably alongside John Obi Mikel, but don’t discount him from rustling the net, especially at such a sizeable price.
When representing England Under-19’s the towering teenager has registered six goals in just 13 outings, confirming suspicions that he can be equally effective in both boxes.