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Chelsea defender David Luiz has warned Chelsea youngsters they must prove they are good enough. He insists they can’t expect an easy route into the first team, even though Chelsea are serving a transfer ban.
Luiz is excited at the potential of youth at the club after Mason Mount, Tammy Abraham, Fikayo Tomori and Billy Gilmour all impressed as Chelsea beat St Patrick’s 4-0 on Saturday.
“When you’re young you have to think about opening the door – not the door opening for you,” said Luiz.
“The young players have to work in this mentality, because life is not easy.
“Every day another boy is born and another boy wants to be a footballer. And it’s up to everybody to work hard and for them to knock on the door and open the door.
“They have the talent for that, they have the potential for that. They just have to show that every single day.
“I think we are a lucky team because we have so much talent, the young players are amazing. Every single one, they have the quality already to play for this club.
“I have to do my role as a senior player, just trying to help them. It is a big step up and it’s up to everyone to do their job.”
Meanwhile, Chelsea boss Frank Lampard has made it very clear that he wouldn’t just be putting young players into the starting line-up for the sake of it.
“The younger players now have a target: can you prove it that pre-season you are good enough to threaten the team,” Lampard said.
“Tammy [Abraham] did well with his energy and Michy [Batshuayi] was really good. It is the stuff I want.
“Mason [Mount] showed what I saw at Derby last season, him and Ross [Barkley].
“Also Billy Gilmour in the second half. He has had a brilliant trip and has shown real personality in this trip.
“I just hope Billy keeps pushing on with that this season.
“A lot has been made of the younger players we have here and they need to know the door is open if they impress.
“We need to have competition within the squad.
“The academy has been first class and we want some of them to show they can get a place in the team.”