Jacob Mellis is an English midfielder who was born in Nottingham on 28th March 1991. Mellis began his career at Sheffield United, but was snapped up by Chelsea in June 2007 for £1,000,000. Mellis was an extremely highly rated prospect as a teenager, and represented England at Under 16, Under 17 and Under 19 levels. He was part of the Chelsea side that reached the FA Youth Cup final in 2008, but was sent off in the closing stages of the second leg defeat to Manchester City. In 2008/09 Mellis was a regular for Chelsea's reserve side.
On 14th August 2009 Mellis joined League 1 Southampton on a loan deal until January. He made his debut for Saints as a substitute in the 3-1 defeat at Huddersfield on 15th August. His first start came just three days later in a 1-0 defeat at Swindon. Although Mellis wasn't completely awful, he failed to make any significant contribution and most performances were fairly average. By October he found himself on the bench, making only a few sub appearances before returning to Chelsea.
On 23rd November 2010 Mellis made his Chelsea first team debut, coming on for Josh McEachran in the closing stages of the Champions League match with MSK Zilina. Mellis appeared on Chelsea's bench frequently during the winter months of 2010/11 due to a massive spate of injuries at Stamford Bridge, but failed to add to his appearance record and remained an unused sub. On 31st January Mellis joined Championship outfit Barnsley until 8th May. The deal came a week after the midfielder had signed a new deal at Chelsea until 2013. Mellis featured 15 times for The Tykes, making his debut on 1st February in a 2-0 win over Preston. The youngster scored his first ever goal for Barnsley on 5th February in a 4-1 defeat at Leicester, and followed that up a week later with another strike at Ipswich.