Nobody Is Forcing Lampard To Play Youngsters, Says Former Chelsea Striker

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Chelsea have always craved for a manager that will give youth a chance to shine at the club.

Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich has spent a fortune on the Chelsea academy, and the Blues academy is now rated as one of the best in the world and is constantly producing top talents. However, these talents haven’t been harnessed for many years.

Fortunately, a transfer ban coupled with the appointment of Frank Lampard has seen the Blues legend give youngsters a chance at the club, and the Chelsea team are already an attraction to many as the youngsters keep impressing.

Former Chelsea striker Tony Cascarino has revealed that he doesn’t believe the club is forcing Lampard to play youngsters, and he has urged the Chelsea manager to replicate Manchester United’s famous Class of ’92 with the Blues’ current generation.

Cascarino said: “First and foremost, I think there’s been an overreaction. You hear so much about Frank Lampard being forced to play the kids, but they still have a hell of a lot of good players that other clubs would love to have, especially at the younger end of the scale.

“So there’s a match of experience with talented young players. I think it is an exciting time for Frank to have taken over.

“Remember the Class of ’92 at Manchester United? I always question why Chelsea haven’t had a class of 2013, or 2014, or 2017.

“In seven out of eight years they have won the FA Youth Cup. Why hasn’t one of those groups come through to the first team? Chelsea fans feel like that too.”

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