George Saville

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George Saville
0Full Name George Alan Saville
0Date of Birth 1 June 1993
0Place of Birth Camberley, Surrey, England
0Position Defender, Midfielder
0Chelsea career 2004 - 2014
0Debut n/a
0Games (goals) n/a
0Other clubs Reading
Brentford (loan)

George Saville (born 1 June 1993 in Camberley, Surrey, England) is a defender or midfielder who formerly played for Chelsea.


Pre-Chelsea career

George came to Chelsea as an 11 year-old in 2004 when Brendan Rodgers joined the club from Reading. Rodgers brought a number of players over with him, including George and his older brother Jack Saville.

Chelsea career

George made his way through to the Under-16s and impressed at left-back. Unexpectedly, and perhaps as a consequence of a proliferation of left-back options, he played pretty much all of his football in 2009-10 in an anchor role in defensive midfield. Whilst perhaps not of ideal stature for the role, he dislayed good intelligence, composure and touch in breaking up play and keeping it simple.

He was rewarded for his development with a professional contract in July 2010, and was a growing presence in the Under-18 team (often at centre-back), whilst making the step-up to the reserve team squad. Towards the end of the campaign he became a feature for Steve Holland on the way to winning the national Reserve League title, and under Dermot Drummy in 2011-12 George was a regular part of the team in both defensive and midfield capacities; often lining up at centre-back.

In 2012-13, he became a mainstay of the Under-21 squad, playing in a versatile midfield capacity and scoring twice away to Crystal Palace to double his previous tally in Chelsea colours. After impressing in the NextGen Series victory away to Barcelona, and having been named on the first team bench on occasion, he was loaned out to Championship side Millwall for the final months of the season. Unfortunately though, he only earned three appearances during his stay and returned at the end of the season not much better for the experience.

On June 24th 2013 it was announced that George would spend the first half of the 2013-14 season on loan at Brentford. He became a regular in midfield under manager Uwe Rosler, who in turn departed for Wigan in early December. Unlike his former manager, however, Saville extended his stay beyond the initial January 5th cutoff point and became a crucial figure in their successful promotion campaign back to England's second tier for the first time in twenty years.

In August 2014 he signed a three-year deal with Championship club Wolves.


George has been called up to the England Under-16 squad on one occasion and the England Under-18 squad as an injury replacement, but remains uncapped.

Career statistics

Youth, Reserve and Under-21 Football

Season Under-18 Europe Under-21 Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
2009-10 22 0 - - 1 0 23 0
2010-11 21 1 - - 4 0 25 1
2011-12 1 0 - - 19 0 20 0
2012-13 0 0 3 1 15 2 18 3
Total 44 1 3 1 39 2 86 4

Senior Club Football

Season Club League FA Cup League Cup Europe Other Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
2012-13 Millwall (loan) 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0
2013-14 Brentford (loan) 40 3 2 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 44 3
Total 43 3 2 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 47 3

(Statistics accurate as of the end of the 2013-14 season)

Career honours

Post- Chelsea career

George signed a three contract with Wolves in August 2014.

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