Chelsea youngster can’t wait to fully recover from injury and prove himself in the Premier League

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The success of the Chelsea youngsters in Frank Lampard’s squad is giving every young Chelsea player the belief to go on and prove themselves.

Chelsea young attacking midfielder Izzy Brown has revealed that he’s pleased with what his young mates have achieved so far under Lampard.

Brown joined Chelsea as a buzzing 16-year-old from the West Brom academy and he was highly rated at the time.

The now 22-year-old captained our Under-19s when they won the UEFA Youth League in 2015 with a team that included Tammy Abraham, Fikayo Tomori, Andreas Christensen and Ruben Loftus-Cheek.

Brown has admitted that he’s pleased with their progress into the senior team.

“Me, Tammy and Fikayo are close friends and we basically grew up together; we are all ’97s. We played [for England’s youth teams] together,” said Brown, who is on loan at Championship side Luton Town.

“It’s great to see as everyone used to think Chelsea don’t bring through young players but now Lampard is in charge you are starting to see those players coming through, playing well and Chelsea are winning games.

“You can’t question that those players are not good enough because they are going out every day and performing. Tammy is the Premier League’s second top scorer. I am happy for him because for the future of Chelsea and for the young players there it’s going to be a good thing that they are doing so well.”

Brown is determined to make his own mark after recovering from a knee injury he suffered while playing on loan at Brighton in January 2018, and the 22-year-old has admitted that he has the belief to do well in the Premier League.

“I am proud of my close friends and I am happy to see them playing in the Premier League but, for me, I am just solely focused on myself,” he added.

“In my head, I think I can play in the Premier League. I don’t think that’s big-headed because I played in the Premier League [in 2013 with West Brom] and I don’t think I was outside my limits. I feel, with my injury, I took two steps back when I was on my way up.

“Now there is a different focus in my mind, which is just football and playing games. So I am not focused on the Premier League at the moment. I just want to try to get myself back to where I was and then once I am there, I will look forward again.”

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