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Frank Lampard to give youth a chance

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Frank Lampard has said that he is going to give the club’s younger players a chance to prove themselves worthy of representing the club.

With Frank Lampard back at Chelsea, the club’s younger players can be assured that they will get a fair chance to showcase their talents.

Chelsea have long been criticized for not giving regular opportunities to the academy graduates even though the academy has been successful on several fronts for years.

Previous managers have always seem to ignore the homegrown talent and sent out them on loan while never really giving them a proper chance to represent the club.

The likes of Callum-Hudson Odoi, Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Tammy Abraham and many other haven’t been given a lot of chances. Under Sarri, Hudson-Odoi had grown so frustrated that he almost ended up leaving for Bayern Munich in January.

However, Frank Lampard is keen to give the younger players a fair chance. The Englishman worked with the likes of Mason Mount and Fikayo Tomori while at Derby and is going to promote players from within the academy.

And with a two window FIFA ban in effect, he will have no other option.

As reported by The Express, the former England international said that youngsters will be shown faith.

“The path from the academy to the first team is important,” said Lampard, who joined the club as a player in 2001 from West Ham. “It is something that I will work hard to make sure the communication is there day in, day out. I’m lucky because the staff I have with me will help with that.

“I will always have an eye on the academy. I was that young player a very long time ago and the one thing you want is the feeling that the road which divides the academy to the main building is a road you can cross. It has to be there for you. And I think that does come from the top. If young players are performing and they deserve it on merit, then they will be coming to train with us.

“But there is a lot of hard work for them to do. I don’t want it to look like an easy road. It is very tough, but I want to try and help them.

“I’m excited because playing here for so many years seeing the work put into the academy and on all fronts, from the top, the investment into it and the desire to see it succeed, on the ground, the coaching staff, the people working in the academy trying to bring players through to the first team.

“And the players themselves, I was fortunate to work with Mason Mount and Tomori at Derby and their attitude stood out well.

“You could see they had come through the academy here in how they held themselves, how they trained, their manners off the pitch. That’s what I want to see. I want to dangle the carrot.

“Can you work hard? Can you compete? Can you get in the team?”