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Monday, 17 July 2017

Photo: Player poses with jersey; Chelsea complete striker signing

     Barnsley have signed Chelsea striker Ike Ugbo on a season-long loan deal. Ugbo, 18, joins the Championship side for the 2017-18 season, having scored 23 goals in 35 matches for Chelsea's under-23 and under-18 sides last term. He also scored once in three appearances to help England's under-20 side win the Toulon Tournament in June.

The last campaign saw him flourish at both youth and reserve level, as he hit 23 goals in 46 appearances in all competitions, including 11 strikes as Chelsea finished fifth in the top tier of the Premier League 2, the professional development league.

His fine form saw him called up to the England Under-20 squad for the annual Toulon Tournament, which saw him pick up two caps as the Young Lions picked up their second successive championship, Ugbo scoring once to secure a 1-0 win over Angola.

A pacey centre forward who is confident in the air as well as with the ball at his feet, the youngster is yet to get a taste of first team action for the Blues, with not even a bench appearance to his name.

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