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Chelsea boss Frank Lampard hasn’t been scared to introduce the Chelsea youngsters into the first team, as the likes of Tammy Abraham, Mason Mount and Fikayo Tomori have starred for the first team this season.
Lampard has been praised for giving Chelsea youngsters a passage into the first team, but the former Chelsea midfielder insists that it isn’t just him alone who’s worthy of the praise, and has chosen to give plaudits to Neil Bath our head of youth development as well as other academy staff and the players themselves.
“Looking at the picture here, I think I would be getting it wrong if I was taken as the saviour of the Academy and all things good to all young players in getting them through,” Lampard told the official Chelsea website.
“A lot of that work has been done without me, by Neil Bath [our head of youth development], the Academy staff and the recruitment staff, and by the young lads themselves. Now my job is to do the best with what I have in front of me and I have walked into a club that has a lot of young talent in it.
“Some of it has not touched the first team yet, most of it actually, so I just look at it and say let’s see how you train, how you act and behave and what your desire is day in day out. If they reach a level then they play.”
Lampard has also appreciated the level of communication that now exists between the academy and the senior team and has hailed two members of his coaching crew who were part of the academy setup, Joe Edwards and his assistant Jody Morris.
Lampard went on: “It is a bit different for me because I have two of them [former Academy coaches] in my staff.
“Chris Jones was here with the first team mainly but Joe Edwards and Jody Morris were in the Academy and because I had so many regular conversations with them on how work has been done before, I know the line of communication is key, whether these players are coming through or not.
“I have just tried to introduce that as that is how I’d want it. That is what I did last year. That is just how I work. I don’t know about frustration from before and I think we have to be careful that we don’t just put it on ex-managers or situations, because also the players have to show they deserve to be in front of other players.
“Now we have a nice moment because they are showing that, so all the work is coming together.”