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Chelsea legend Frank Lampard is expected to be announced as Chelsea manager in a few hours time, as reports confirm that the legend will be unveiled this week just before the start of pre-season.
Lampard is hailed as one of the greatest players in Chelsea’s history, and he’s expected to also achieve much as a manager after a fairly successful season at Derby County.
One area many expect Lampard to do well at is the club’s academy structure. Despite Chelsea producing quality youngsters from the academy, they never get the step up to the first team and this has been a challenge for many years. But Lampard is expected to be bridge that gap after what he achieved as Derby County boss and using two Blues youngsters Mason Mount and Fikayo Tomori.
Chelsea youngster Tammy Abraham is excited about the proposed appointment of Lampard and believes there ‘is no better guy to play under’ than the Chelsea legend. For Abraham and other Chelsea youngsters, Lampard is the man to help them through.
“Yes, if it was him to take over the job, I believe in myself,” Abraham told The Telegraph.
“There is no better guy [than Lampard] to play under. Someone you have grown up watching, been at Chelsea forever.
“He knows about me as well. I played against his team in the play-off final.”
Lampard has good intentions towards the Chelsea academy and is set to make massive changes.
Below are three decisions Lampard is reportedly set to make as Chelsea manager that will help the academy.
1. Lampard intends to watch as many youth games as possible and regularly invite academy stars to train with the senior team.
2. Lampard will order the youth coaches to organise the academy sessions before or after the first-team training so he can cast his eye over the youngsters.
3. Lampard plans to have the academy stars mix with the senior stars at Chelsea’s Cobham training complex.
4. Academy stars will now eat with the senior team and use the first-team gym after previously being housed in their own building.
Lampard’s approach is in stark contrast to Maurizio Sarri when he was Chelsea manager, as the Italian did not watch a single academy training session or Under-23 game during his one-year spell at the club.
These proposed moves by Lampard will give the youngsters hope and a sense of belonging to make their breakthrough to the first team.