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Chelsea legend John Terry has hailed Chelsea boss Frank Lampard for giving opportunities to youngsters at the club.
Terry, now assistant manager at Aston Villa, returned to Stamford Bridge on Wednesday night with his Aston Villa team.
Tammy Abraham and Mason Mount scored as Chelsea beat Aston Villa 2-1 and both players came through the academy at Chelsea and have been mainstays in the starting XI this season under Lampard.
Speaking to Chelsea TV after the game, Terry said, according to Metro: “Huge respect to what Lamps has done here so far. I said early on in the season he’d be great for the younger lads, and it’s great to see so many young players coming through.
“I think, since myself, there’s not been too many. Ruben [Loftus-Cheek] has kind of been in and out, but just seeing so many younger players playing I think that’s appreciated by the fans as well and Lamps and Jody [Morris] have shown if they’re good enough they will get their opportunity.”
Asked about training with some of the youngsters when he was still at the club, Terry continued: “Yeah incredible potential even back then when Jody was obviously youth team manager.
“They won a lot of trophies, which I think serves you well for what we expect here at the football club. We want to be winning trophies, that’s the demand on the club, it’s what we’ve experienced and what we’re used to. It’s what they’re used to as well from a young age.
“So to be in the team, and not only one or two – there’s five, six, seven that are on the fringe and given opportunities in cup competitions as well.
“And that will have a ripple effect throughout the whole academy, and I just know myself with Lamps and Jody being at certain games, the effect that has on parents, on kids at the age of eight, nine, ten, us getting the best young kids at this football club.”