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Chelsea were slapped with a transfer ban that has prevented the club from signing players this summer. The ban will also last till the January transfer window as Frank Lampard won’t be able to recoup new players in his first season as Chelsea boss.
Due to the transfer ban, Lampard has had to call on Chelsea academy products to help the squad this season. The likes of Tammy Abraham, Mason Mount and Fikayo Tomori were a huge part of the pre-season games, and injured duo Callum Hudson-Odoi and Ruben Loftus-Cheek are also expected to join the team when they recover.
Sunderland midfielder Ruben Sammut grew up in Chelsea’s academy from 2004 until 2018, and he has revealed that this is the best time for the academy players to shine at Chelsea.
“If there was ever a time to be a Chelsea academy player [it is now]. You hear the news that they (Lampard and Morris) are coming and 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.”