Lampard reveals why he trusts Chelsea youngsters

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Chelsea boss Frank Lampard currently has five Chelsea youngsters that he has used often this season.

The likes of Tammy Abraham, Fikayo Tomori, Mason Mount, Reece James and Callum Hudson-Odoi have all been part of the Chelsea first team.

Lampard has hailed the quality of Chelsea youngsters and believes that previous managers should have as well done better with the academy products.

“I don’t want to sit here and look at ex-managers and criticise but there’s been times over the last four or five years where a Ruben Loftus-Cheek and others could have had these opportunities,” Lampard told BBC’s Football Focus.

“I wanted Mason [Mount] to be around because I knew him closely. He’s probably taken to the Premier League, maybe not quicker than what I thought but I’ve been pleasantly surprised by how well he’s taken to it.

“I didn’t have any doubts long term, I just didn’t know if it would be the start of the season that he’d be putting me under pressure to play him.

“I wanted Tammy [Abraham] because of what he did last year. The big thing we’ve worked on with him is making sure he’s not just a target, he uses every little bit of his attributes to run and stretch defences and I think he’s taken to that.

“For me, Tomori is probably the proudest one because when he came to Derby last year it was quite a late move for us. When I came back to Chelsea you look at it and you’ve got four centre backs, so unless I trusted Fikayo there’s no way David Luiz could have moved to Arsenal. He has repaid that trust in a huge way.

“So it’s all up to them on how they prove themselves so I can pick them because this is cut-throat, if they don’t perform, whether they’re young boys or not, great potential or not, then it’s not going to be enough for a team like Chelsea.”

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