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Chelsea are beginning to make progress under new boss Frank Lampard as the Blues have won their last three games and are gradually climbing up the table.
For Chelsea manager Frank Lampard, he’s open to giving youngsters a chance, and beyond giving youngsters opportunities, Lampard is also keen for his players to train hard and work their way into the team.
One Chelsea player who has worked his way into the Chelsea first team is Fikayo Tomori. The 21-year-old centre-back started the season as fourth choice centre-back but he has now been a key player in the team, having only been on loan with Derby County last season.
Lampard has now revealed Tomori gave him problems by proving himself on the training ground and also on the pitch which has now earned him a place in the Chelsea team.
“Sheffield United at home was a game I thought he deserved the opportunity after how he trained,” revealed Lampard.
“That’s a great message to all the players. How you train will relate to whether you get picked. Those are the rules here. You have to train at a level, and he trained so well over a period of time he deserved to play.
“He gave me a big problem because he played so well and he’s continued to do that. He is a project in a way but a nice one because everything you want him to do, he stands up and delivers.
“There was a moment at Lille the other day when he makes a bit of a mishap, thankfully Kepa saved it for him, and those are things he will want to get out of his game. That will come with maturity and the focus he’s showing now. Other than that he’s putting in really good performances.
“He played so well against Liverpool and Mo Salah, and against really quick Lille strikers in a tough European away game. Now I want him to push straight on like he did against Brighton, and like he hopefully will against Southampton and games going forward. Those are the standards and the consistency levels which will be the tester. That’s what I mean about application.”