Is Chelsea’s Shift To Youth Under Frank Lampard Driven By Necessity And Not A Change Of Culture?

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With Maurizio Sarri leaving Chelsea for Juventus after the end of last season, the Blues appointed Chelsea legend Frank Lampard as the new boss at Stamford Bridge.

Under Lampard, several Chelsea youngsters have been fast-tracked into the first team with the likes of Mason Mount and Tammy Abraham expected to become important players at the club this season after successful loan spells away from the club.

Chelsea’s integration of youths into the first team have been celebrated by fans around the world but according to Independent, the shift to youth at Chelsea is driven by necessity due to the transfer ban and not a shift in culture.

Independent claim there were few plans to reintegrate many of the academy graduates now set to feature in the first-team before the transfer ban.

The report insists Chelsea have been forced by the ban to integrate youth into the first team and believe the club never really had a plan for the youngsters before the transfer ban.

“The other face to [Callum] Hudson-Odoi’s decision to stay is that it’s being saluted as the cap of a new dawn at Chelsea,” Tom Kershaw of Independent wrote.

“That under [Frank] Lampard – a manager who wants to bring youngsters through and is seen as an idol by all the club’s academy players – Chelsea are about to undergo a sweeping identity change and this is the tip of the iceberg, where remnants of a pre-Abramovich era can be restored.

“And, yes, on the surface, that is how it seems. In truth, this sea change is in fact situational and temporary and, although it’s romantic to selectively wish otherwise, driven purely by necessity rather than want.

“It’s not in any way to say those players should not be integrated into the first-team. Mount and James have long-been viewed as having the potential to break into the squad. It is simply that this was never a pre-determined plan, nor a fundamental change of ideology pioneered by Lampard and agreed upon by the hierarchy; it’s a scenario engineered entirely out of being left with little other option.

“The transfer ban has brought about something of a double-edged sword for Chelsea and one that can be easy to selectively misperceive. There has not been a shift in the club’s policies, rather they are adjusting to the sheer force of necessity. It is by no means a change of culture. Not yet anyway.

“There are by no means any guarantees Chelsea won’t return to their gunslinging ways the minute the transfer ban is lifted.”

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