Impressing Jose Mourinho, scoring at New York Stadium and other things you might not know about Rotherham United new boy Isaiah ‘Izzy’ Brown.
Brown started out at West Brom, where he made one substitute appearance, before moving to Chelsea in 2013. He has played for Chelsa only once, as a sub, but took part in 24 matches during a loan spell last season with Vitesse Arnhem in the top division in Holland.
Now 19, Brown became the second youngest player to appear in the Premier League, at 16 years and 117 days, when he came on for the Baggies on May 4 2013 in a 3–2 home defeat to Wigan Athletic. The youngest is Matthew Briggs who was 68 days past his 16th birthday when he played for Fulham in 2007 and is now with Colchester United.
In April 2015, Brown captained Chelsea Under-19s in the final of the UEFA Youth League against Shakhtar Donetsk in Switzerland and put in a man-of-the-match performance, scoring twice in a 3-2 win to help Chelsea take the title.
On May 18 2015, Brown made his Chelsea debut, coming off the bench for Loic Remy for the final 11 minutes of a 3–0 loss at his former club, West Brom.
Jose Mourinho, when he was manager of Chelsea in 2014, said he would be personally to blame if Brown didn’t go on to play for the full England side.
He’s no stranger to New York Stadium, having scored there for England U-19s against Italy in November 2014.
Brown has scored goals for England at U-16, U-17 and U-19 level.
The youngster was born in Peterborough, and is 6ft tall. Millers manager Alan Stubbs says the new recruit’s game is built around pace and power.