Former Chelsea star gives assessment of Chelsea youngsters

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The Chelsea youngsters have had an awesome season in the first team, as Frank Lampard has created a pathway to the first team from the academy.

The likes of Reece James, Tammy Abraham, Mason Mount, Fikayo Tomori and Callum Hudson-Odoi have all gotten opportunities to play, while Billy Gilmour is also being introduced to the team.

Former Chelsea star Gus Poyet has assessed Lampard’s first season in charge of Chelsea as a success and has also assessed the performance of the youngsters but admitted that the defeat against the German champions Bayern Munich serves as a wake-up call.

“They started very well,” he told Goal. “I thought it was a good surprise because of the changes the team had with young players coming in the team to play week in week out. It get them extra enthusiasm because they were waiting for the opportunity for a long, long time.

“It gave a boost to all those young players because they spent so much time on loan without the chance to play for the first-team. These are the ones who proved they were good enough to play. They were given an extra bit of adrenaline.

“We know as experienced people in football that the energy will drop. It is impossible to maintain it, especially for a young player. Then, when the team had a bad spell that was expected rather than planned. You have to be realistic to know it will happen.

“Everyone started being too critical about the team. They are in a good place right now. In saying that, it is a normal season of good moments but then wakeup call especially in the Champions League.”

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