Chelsea youth team striker turns down new contract as he accepts move to Germany

The Evening Standard are reporting that young Chelsea striker Martell Taylor-Crossdale has accepted a move to Hoffenheim in Germany after rejecting the offer on the table to remain at Stamford Bridge.

Other sources are saying he will complete a medical this week ahead of joining the Bundesliga team, a move which will make him just the latest England youth star to make the switch to the continent in search of more game time.

The 19 year old won the Toulon Tournament with England in 2017, but has seen not a sniff of first team action. We might have expected him to go on loan next year, but with his deal expiring clearly he thinks he stands a better chance with Jadon Sancho and the like getting regular first team action in a European top flight.

It’s not a great sign for us that our young players are turning down our offers to stay, even with presumably the promise of a loan and the prospect of integration into the first team.

On the other hand, he’s never been considered a really top tier talent anyway, by those who watch the youth team a lot.