Chelsea legend Frank Lampard is set to replace Maurizio Sarri as Chelsea boss after the Italian returned to Italy to become Juventus boss.
One of reasons why Lampard has been chosen to replace Sarri is because he is happy to give youth a chance as seen during his time at Derby.
Former Chelsea boss Sarri wasn’t too keen on giving youth a chance and only really started giving Callum Hudson-Odoi a chance a team after Bayern Munich attempted to sign the winger in January.
Loftus-Cheek is a very talented midfielder but he only won the trust of Sarri during the second half of last season with Sarri preferring Mateo Kovacic and Ross Barkley.
Will Hudson-Odoi and Loftus-Cheek become important players for Chelsea under Lampard?
Here’s what Lampard has said about Hudson-Odoi:
“Firstly, I’d love him to stay at Chelsea. He needs to be doing everything to get in that team. Is he working hard and is he developing every day in training and trying to improve? I don’t know him that well but I’m sure that’s the standard at Chelsea he’s going by himself.
“Every minute he gets on the pitch he needs to be doing everything he can. I understand Chelsea fans want to see more of him and he has to do everything he can to give himself the chance of minutes.”
Here’s what Lampard has said about Loftus-Cheek:
“I think Ruben has absolutely everything and to be fair he’s had a few injury problems this season. He is another one who has to make the most of every minute he gets. He’s at a stage now where he should be playing and should be pushing regularly to get in that team.
“He and Callum (Hudson-Odoi) will look at the likes of Jadon Sancho who has gone out of their comfort zone, which I completely respect as well and have done well. But at Chelsea, you’ve got a little bunch of players who can try and get the minutes in the first-team. They are the next generation. Chelsea have invested heavily in the academy and I’m sure they are going to want to see the fruits of that.”
Do you think Loftus-Cheek and Hudson-Odoi will become important players for Chelsea under Lampard?