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Chelsea have long been criticised for not giving playing opportunities to youngsters especially after the club has been producing quality young players over the last few years.
Chelsea boss Frank Lampard seems to be changing the trend and has now fielded the youngest Chelsea side in a Premier League fixture in many years, and the Blues academy players have been proving that they deserve a place in the squad.
Recently, Mason Mount, Fikayo Tomori and Tammy Abraham were the scorers as Chelsea defeated Wolves 5-2 at the Molineux Stadium on Saturday.
All 11 goals scored by the Blues this season have come from the youngsters, and Gary Neville who was a member of the famous ‘Class of 92’ who came through at Manchester United believes that Chelsea is heading the right direction under Lampard.
Gary Neville believes the inclusion of Chelsea youth players in the first-team will create a better connection with the club’s supporters, but he has urged the Chelsea fans to be patient.
“Manchester United have spent nearly £900m since Sir Alex retired, £900m, and there have been times in the last five, six years where I’ve gone to the ground and I’ve not liked the team,” he said.
“I actually like this team, and there’s a bit of that in Chelsea. I actually look at this Chelsea team, with Hudson-Odoi and Loftus-Cheek to come back, Mount, Abraham, there’s players in there – three academy players on Saturday – I’ve been crying out for seven or eight years to see Chelsea bring young players through into the first team.
“What we can’t do now – after we’ve been crying out in that way – is then all of sudden when they don’t quite deliver Champions League success or deliver Premier League titles, is start whinging about it.
“I actually like what’s happening at Chelsea. I think that it’s the right move. They’ve had a great youth system for the last 10 years, it’s about time it was started to be blooded.
“And that means the fans will start to like the team more, but they’re maybe going to have to accept that they’re potentially not going to be winning Premier League titles.”