Who is Josh Acheampong? Mauricio Pochettino names Chelsea wonderkid in squad vs Tottenham

Josh-Kofi Acheampong of Chelsea during the U18 Premier League match between West Ham United U18 and Chelsea U18 at Little Heath on February 13, 2024
Pochettino names highly-rated teenager in Chelsea squad -Credit:Photo by Chris Lee - Chelsea FC/Chelsea FC via Getty Images

Mauricio Pochettino has named Josh Acheampong in the Chelsea squad to face Tottenham Hotspur. The Blues welcome the Lilywhites to Stamford Bridge on Thursday evening as either side hopes to climb the Premier League table.

Chelsea will be eager to return to winning ways following a dramatic 2-2 draw against Aston Villa at the weekend. The west London outfit have won just two of their last five games in the English top flight, but they remain in contention for Europa League qualification.

Pochettino's side trail Manchester United in sixth and Newcastle in seventh by six and five points, respectively. However, Chelsea have a game in hand over the two clubs, who each have a few difficult fixtures of their own still to play.

While the Blues boss will be keen to end the season well, several players have been ruled out of action due to injury. With some big names sidelined, Pochettino has been left no choice but to name an increasing number of academy prospects in his matchday squads.

One of which being Acheampong, who's become a familiar face of late. So, with that being said, has taken a look at exactly who the teenager is and why he's so highly rated at Stamford Bridge.


Acheampong has predominantly featured as right-back this season, though he's also enjoyed spells at centre-half and wing-back. The 17-year-old's incredible versatility across the backline provides Pochettino plenty of options – especially during an injury crisis.

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Acheampong has featured eight times for Chelsea in the Under-18s Premier League this season, scoring once and providing three assists. His impressive performances at Cobham have earned his a place in the first-team matchday squad on numerous occasions.

In March, he appeared on the bench against Newcastle and Burnley in the Premier League before earning a call-up to the squad against Leicester City in the FA Cup quarterfinal. Acheampong was also named in the travelling Blues setup which faced Aston Villa at the weekend.

The England youth international is yet to make his senior debut, but he'll certainly be hoping for a few minutes in the Premier League before the end of the season.


Acheampong, who joined Chelsea as an under-eight, signed his first professional contract at the start of the year, keeping him at Stamford Bridge until June 2026. After putting pen to paper, the Blues' head of youth development and recruitment heaped praise on the youngster.

"We are thrilled that Josh has committed his future to the club," said Jim Fraser. "He has taken another step forward in his development this season, something reflected in his performances for club and country."