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Former Chelsea midfielder Ruben Sammut has revealed many academy players now have believe they can get a chance in the first team under new Chelsea boss Frank Lampard.
Sammut, who has been at Chelsea since he was eight before leaving for Sunderland this summer, believes this is the best time to be a Chelsea academy player.
“If there was ever a time to be an academy player and you hear the news that they are coming then it is a very exciting time,” Sammut told Goal.
“Jody has worked with a lot of players in the academy. So you think the door is opening a bit wider.
“Many academy players think maybe I can get in the team here, get into pre-season and work my way into the team. Frank has seen a lot of the academy boys in games and Jody has worked with them.
“Mason Mount and Fikayo Tomori have told me how good Lampard is. You see what he achieved as a player, so the first team is only going to look up to him and acknowledge and take note of everything he is saying. People should listen to him so they will do a great job, I think.
“Joe Edwards was there and he was my coach from Under-8s. He was massive. I have quite a close relationship with him where I feel like I can go and talk to him about anything. Even off the pitch issues, when he and Jody were together.
“Jody was a midfielder himself and played at the highest level with Chelsea and he always gave me excellent advice. Joe and Jody were the ones who assured me that I deserved to be there, which helped me. Then they started me in Youth Cup finals and semi-finals.
“Joe had made me captain of the Under-23s in the Checkatrade and when we got to the semi-final. We were so unlucky after going out on penalties. They know what the boys can do and the [transfer] ban means exciting times for the academy.
“Neil Bath [Chelsea’s head of youth development] will be buzzing with it because they might see players that they develop do things with the first team. It is exciting times. Even Chelsea fans should be excited. This talent has been locked away and hopefully, they can come out and shine now.”