Chelsea boss Frank Lampard has revealed he has set the Chelsea youngsters the target of proving they’re good enough to threaten the first-team players’ starting positions.
Lampard was appointed as Maurizio Sarri’s replacement due to his willingness to play youngsters during his time at Derby but the gaffer has made it clear that he wouldn’t just be putting young players into the starting line-up for the sake of it.
Lampard has given several young players the opportunity to prove themselves during Chelsea’s last two preseason games and he has now challenged them to prove they are good enough to start for Chelsea.
“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.”
Meanwhile, Lampard has provided an update on N’Golo Kante’s injury.
‘He’s been training on his own with the physios this week because he’s still feeling the effects of his injury from the end of last season and we just want to be careful with him,” Lampard explained.
“It’s not a big problem. We know he’s a fit boy and he has a great attitude so the last thing we want to do is push him too early. Hopefully next week in Japan we’ll start to integrate him into the group.”