Mysterious third player in Chelsea’s academy picture revealed to be playing England’s eighth division

Tom Carlton
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Chelsea’s tweet saw a picture from 2010 of academy kids from and two of them are recognisable, who are now Chelsea players- Mason Mount and Christian Pulisic. There is also a third kid in the frame who could not be identified.


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Chelsea’s followers on Twitter could immediately recognise young, long-haired Mason Mount and young Christian Pulisic with a smile on his face. But the question arose about the third kid on the right, holding a bottle as he was unrecognisable.

After searching for the answer, it was found that the boy is Tom Carlton. Mason Mount and Christian Pulisic have gained popularity in Chelsea, while none knows about Tom Carlton. Mason Mount has got the breakthrough in Chelsea after working hard and struggling his way up the academy. Christian Pulisic played for academy teams in United States. He signed for German giants, Borussia Dortmund back in 2015. In 2019, he arrived at Stamford Bridge for £58million showcasing a decent performance netting 11 goals and 10 assists.

Who is Tom Carlton?


Tom Carlton joined Chelsea at the age of six and spent eight years and played alongside Mason Mount and Declan Rice, now a West Ham player. He was released along with Rice from Chelsea aged only 14. He joined West Ham academy and was again released and joined Colchester United. Carlton finally joined Herne Bay

Tom Carlton now plays for Kent-based Herne Bay, of the Isthmian League South East Division which is the eighth division of English football. He joined Bay in 2017. He was Joint Players’ Player of the Season and won the most Man of the Match Awards in 2017/18 campaign.

Tom Carlton remembering his days in the academy spoke to The Athletic, “You can see he’s got a ‘T’ on his kit, which means he was a trialist.”

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“I never knew Pulisic was there at that age until I saw the picture. When you’re that age, we’re all the same really – anyone could make it.”

”When you grow up and see who’s made it and who hasn’t, it’s pretty surreal. That picture is crazy.” he added.

He explained about the academy spell and said it is hard for him these days to see the former teammates playing for Chelsea and believes it could have been him.

‘We were all quite close as kids: Mason and Dec and I, and a few others. We went to training three times a week and that’s all we knew,”

”People don’t understand that, but I’ve been with them and it could have been me.”

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