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Not every manager has the patience to breed youngsters from the academy into the first team, but it was indeed Frank Lampard’s gift to Chelsea.
The former Blues boss helped create a pathway into the first team from the academy, which gave many youngsters hope of breaking into the first team.
The likes of Mason Mount, Tammy Abraham, Reece James, Fikayo Tomori, Billy Gilmour and Callum Hudson-Odoi were held in high esteem by the former gaffer before his exit.
As expected, a new manager would come in with his own ideas, but Thomas Tuchel has however given play time to the young home-grown players, with Hudson-Odoi starting the two games under the German.
Tuchel has hailed the quality of the young Chelsea players, but he has also told them that they must merit their place in the team and no gift would be given to anyone.
“The guys we have here, it’s a pleasure to work with them,” Tuchel said.
“First of all, they have quality but they also have the physical ability to play in the Premier League. I know how hard it is to play for Chelsea and compete for titles but this is the challenge.
“I’m very pleased that all the Chelsea boys in the squad now are absolutely aware of that and that this challenge that is so hard. It does something to you, to your character and your approach to games and training.
“It’s crucial that we have this and we rely on them, trust them and don’t confuse them being young and maybe inexperienced with a lack of quality or needing other players. It’s absolutely not like this. They will be given every chance to make their steps and leave their footsteps here.
“In the end, we also have to accept it’s about quality and delivering in the moment when you need to deliver. There are no gifts for anybody.”