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Chelsea legend Frank Lampard was appointed as Maurizio Sarri’s replacement on Thursday after weeks of speculation and an impressive maiden season as a manager at Derby County.
Roman Abramovich’s decision to appoint Lampard as Chelsea boss wasn’t only due to his obvious connection to Chelsea and impressive first season at Pride Park, taking the Rams to the play-off final, but his willingness to play kids.
According to The Sun, Lampard gave more minutes to players aged 21 and under than any of the 44 clubs in the Premier League OR Championship last season.
Lampard handed out 13,137 league minutes to players of that age compared to Maurizio Sarri, who gave just 391 minutes to players of that age.
In fact, Sarri had one of the worst records in England’s top two divisions for minutes given to players aged 21 and under.
Only four clubs – Cardiff City (0) Millwall (35), Brighton (110) and Watford (360) – handed out less game time to young players than Sarri.
Four of Lampard’s five most used players, Fikayo Tomori, Jayden Bogle, Harry Wilson and Mason Mount, were aged 21 or under last season.
Chelsea youngsters will be delighted with the appointment of Lampard.