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Former Chelsea midfielder Gus Poyet believes Chelsea boss Frank Lampard has been key not only to ensuring Chelsea youngsters flourish but also in ensuring fans stay on board as the club attempt to navigate a tricky transitional period.
Poyet also admitted Lampard’s Chelsea team is different from what Chelsea followers are used.
“It was always difficult for young kids to come through,” Poyet told Goal.
“As soon as you did, Chelsea would buy a better player and that stops your growth.
“But now, Frank, Jody Morris and Petr Cech give the supporters a feeling that ‘this is Chelsea’. You don’t always need to have an ex-player as a manager but it’s important for this current team.
“The transfer ban has led to a change of identity – that’s never happened before.
“It wouldn’t be as easy to explain this change to the fans without the core of ex-players around. They listen to their manager. The fans wouldn’t listen to anyone from the outside, they’d think they were making excuses.
“It was a great decision from the board to bring Frank back – especially with Jody Morris for company. I like to see this new Chelsea in the process of getting better with a young and energetic team. It’s different from what we’re used to.”