Jacob Mellis

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Jacob Mellis
0Full Name Jacob Alexander Mellis
0Date of Birth 8 January 1991
0Place of Birth Nottingham, England
0Position Midfielder
0Chelsea career 2007 - 2012
0Debut 23 November 2010
0Games (goals) 1 (0)
0Other clubs Sheffield United
Southampton (loan)
Barnsley (loan)

Jacob Mellis (born 8 January 1991) is an English midfielder who played for Chelsea until 2012, having joined as a youngster five years earlier. He made one brief first team appearance.


Before Chelsea

Jacob joined Chelsea in 2007 from Sheffield United, for whom he had already featured as a 15 year-old Reserve player. The deal was reported to be worth up to £1.5m if certain clauses were activated over his career.

Chelsea career

Born in Nottingham and coming through the same youth set-up as Jermaine Jenas, it’s no surprise that the Spurs and England midfielder was Jacob’s role model as a young footballer. He quickly became a regular in the line-up and whilst it took him a while to find the back of the net, over the middle period of his first season he netted crucial goals in big games, and made a big impact on Chelsea’s run to the FA Youth Cup Final. At the end of the 2007-08 season, he signed a professional contract with the club

Becoming a reserve regular in 2008-09, his season started with injury problems but finished with a flourish, with excellent performances for the second string, and regularly finding the back of the net. His improvements didn’t go unnoticed, and he was named as a Premier League substitute for Chelsea’s home game against Everton (being assigned the number 50 shirt).

Jacob joined Southampton on loan at the start of the 2009-10 season, and despite decent form, never really got going in a team which was looking to recover from a ten point deduction due to administration. Despite being in good goalscoring form for England's Under-19s, he was unable to secure a regular place and returned to Chelsea at the turn of the year in order to complete enough time to be registered in their Champions League squad for 2010-11.

He made his first team debut as a last-minute substitute in the UEFA Champions League group match against MSK Zilina on 23 November 2010.

In January 2011, Jacob signed a new two-year contract at the club and immediately went on loan to Barnsley, where he scored in each of his first two appearances.

Mellis left Chelsea in March 2012, following a training ground prank in which he let off a smoke grenade in the reserve team dressing room at Cobham. Fellow reserve team player Billy Clifford had brought the grenade to the training ground and was fined for his involvement. [1]


Jacob has represented England at Under-16, Under-17, Under-18 and Under-19 level. He is a regular in the Under-19s and in November 2009 scored a goal in all three of their European Under-19 Championship Qualifiers to see the Three Lions through to the Elite Round.

Career Statistics

Youth Team Football

Season Total
Apps Goals
2007-08 21 5
2008-09 8 2

Reserve Team Football

Season Total
Apps Goals
2007-08 6 0
2008-09 10 3
2009-10 7 1
2010-11 6 1

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
2008-09 Chelsea 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2009-10 Southampton (loan) 12 0 0 0 2 0 0 1 0 0 15 0
2010-11 Chelsea 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 0
2010-11 Barnsley (loan) 15 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 15 2

(Statistics accurate as of the end of the 2010-11 season)

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