Tromsø boy Bryan Solhaug Fiabema (17) signed for the big club Chelsea in January. That same year, despite major upheavals and pandemics, he has established himself on the club’s U23 team and trained with the stars on the A team.
Fiabema is the youngest on Chelsea’s reserve team. Still, he is the top scorer for them in Premier League 2 – despite 272 minutes of playing time. It gives an average of one goal every 68 minutes.
In the Premier League for U18, he has also been deadly effective: One match against West Ham, one goal.
The highlight of the season so far came when he won the FA Youth Cup semi-final against Manchester United. You can see the score here:
Fiabema himself is not available for interview due to strict rules in the Chelsea academy, but another Norwegian is well placed to assess the youngster’s progress: Tore André Flo, who is also assistant coach on the Norwegian U21 national team, is the development coach for loaned players in the English big club.
He believes Fiabema has created astonishment in the Chelsea system since
which VG was able to reveal in January.
– It is extremely tough competition, but he has taken a very big step. Bigger than we had thought so far. He has already received a high star and established himself on the U23 team earlier than the club had envisioned. We thought he would need more time, but he has played a lot, says Flo to VG.
In fact, Fiabema went abroad at the worst possible time. Not only did he have to adapt to life alone abroad for the first time, he also had to do it during pandemic.
– It has been a pretty difficult time to do it, but he has handled it really well. It has been impressive, says Flo.
G17 national team coach Gunnar Halle emphasizes:
– He had a slightly tough start. Not everything went smoothly at once. A new place to live, new players and coaches to deal with, it’s not easy. But he has worked really hard all the way, earned the chances he has been given, and shown that he has something to risk despite a difficult period.
The hard work and the good performances for the U18 and U23 teams have paid off in the last two weeks in the form of training with the club’s A-team, as many of the stars were away at the national team gathering. Here you can see him in a duel against César Azpilicueta and Fikayo Tomori: