What Lampard’s young Chelsea team needs to get to the next level

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Frank Lampard has relied on youth since his appointment as Chelsea boss.

Chelsea academy graduates Tammy Abraham, Mason Mount and Fikayo Tomori have all impressed for the Blues this season.

According to former Blues midfielder Gus Poyet, Chelsea only need one or two signings to hit the next level under Lampard.

“I think Chelsea’s start has been very strong,” Poyet told Goal.

“Lampard knew the club inside out and he knew the youngsters from his time at Derby, either from having them on loan or playing against them. It gave him extra experience going into the job.

“If an outsider arrived in the summer they might have thought ‘there are too many youngsters’, but Lampard knew what he was getting in to. Even after taking a big hit in losing to Man Utd, he stayed calm, he kept playing them.

“He knew that the team was going to get better, but I’m also sure he knows what he is still missing. In the next few transfer windows, he’ll know exactly who he needs to buy. It won’t be five players, it’ll be something very specific.

“That’s what the club needs to aim for. When clubs go into the transfer market and buy too many – look at what’s being said about Man Utd – then there is something really wrong. If you need to buy five players, something is wrong.

“When you’re able to just make one or two changes then you can get exactly what you’re missing. Liverpool knew what they were going to get [with Virgil van Dijk]. If you don’t do it like that it’s a nightmare because you keep changing. What I see at Chelsea now, I like.”

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