Azpilicueta: This Is The Way Forward For Chelsea

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Chelsea have a lot of youngsters coming through the ranks, and the appointment of Blues legend Frank Lampard is expected to create a pathway for the youngsters to come through from the academy into the first team.

Chelsea have been hit with a transfer ban, but the Blues boss Frank Lampard don’t seem to be worried, as he has a lot of quality young players who can come in and do well.

Academy graduates Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Callum Hudson-Odoi found their way into the first team last season, and some more are expected to break in this season.

Chelsea skipper Cesar Azpilicueta has revealed that this pathway from the academy is the way forward for the club and insists that the senior players must help them come through.

“The most experienced players have to help the young players coming in,” he told Sky Sports News.

“We are lucky we have the best academy in England and it is true that maybe in recent years we haven’t seen a lot of youngsters coming into the first team and getting minutes in the pitch.

“Last year Callum, Ruben [Loftus-Cheek] and Andreas [Christensen] started to get minutes. Now with the transfer ban, we have seen in pre-season already, they have more chances to break in.

“They have Frank and all his staff who they have already been working with for quite a long time.

“Our role is to make them feel comfortable, to let them express the quality that they have shown in the youth system.

“I am convinced this is the way to move forward.”

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