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Chelsea boss Frank Lampard has put a lot of youngsters into the Chelsea first team, with the likes of Tammy Abraham, Mason Mount and Fikayo Tomori experiencing breakthroughs under the guidance of the new boss.
Lampard isn’t afraid to give youth a chance, and the Blues boss still has three academy players in the first team that are yet to get a run-in because of injury.
Speaking about the Chelsea academy, Lampard praised the work that has been going through the academy over the years and spoke highly of Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Hudson-Odoi and Reece James.
Lampard said: “We have Callum [Hudson-Odoi] and Reece [James] playing in the Under-23s this weekend. We have a game in the Carabao Cup in the week which they can certainly take part in.
“Ruben [Loftus-Cheek] we obviously know about, he is a little bit older but he is another one who has always been searching for more game time and was just starting to get it when he got injured, so we have him right in front of us, and hopefully there will be more beneath that – Billy Gilmour and Conor Gallagher, who is doing brilliantly on loan at Charlton, and others. The door is open but they have to go through it.”
Hudson-Odoi and Reece James featured for the development squad last weekend as the young Blues defeated Brighton 2-1. The duo will also be part of the development squad this weekend as the youngsters will travel to Southampton today in their Premier League 2 quest.
Loftus-Cheek is also close to a return from injury.