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Former Scotland international Frank McAvennie believes Frank Lampard’s Chelsea will mature into a competitive team in the next two years.
Lampard has given opportunities to academy graduates in his first season as Chelsea boss, with players like Tammy Abraham, Mason Mount, Reece James, Billy Gilmour and Fikayo Tomori being part of the first team this season.
McAvennie also praised Lampard for giving youth a chance at Chelsea, something previous managers at the club have been reluctant to do.
“It’s brilliant for a young manager to give young players a chance. I think in a couple of years that Chelsea could be a team to be reckoned with,” he told Goal.
“I think they are a bit too young to challenge this year or next year but I am looking for the year after that when that talent matures.”
The Blues are still fourth in the Premier League, three points ahead of fifth place Manchester United and five points behind third place Leicester City.
Meanwhile, Chelsea striker Tammy Abraham has hailed Lampard as the perfect manager for Chelsea.
Abraham said: “You know what, I’ve said it to so many people, I couldn’t ask for a better manager around.
“He believes in every youngster, tells you where you’ve gone wrong, tells you what you need to do, and for me he is the perfect manager.”