It appears that Frank Lampard has a very good memory, and he likes to refer to that on some occasions such as this one.
Last season Chelsea were under a transfer ban, therefore Frank Lampard had to call on some of the clubs graduated academy stars to not only fill squad spaces, but to fill starting eleven spots as well.
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But these guys were rated highly by Lampard and the club, and they would soon prove to be more than just players coming in to make the numbers up, they became key players to Lampard’s squad.
At the time, many critics were claiming that these youngsters would have no chance if Chelsea were not banned from making new signings, and at the time Lampard would reiterate that the youngsters he bought in were more than good enough and would be staking claims for first team chances anyway, which again he was ridiculed for.
But the likes of Reece James, Mason Mount, Callum Hudson-Odoi, and Tammy Abraham are all very much still a very important part of Lampard’s squad and starting line up a year later AFTER he has now made a number of high profile signings. Imagine that.
Today on the Chelsea website, Lampard has had great pleasure in revisiting such articles and critics.
“I read some articles and heard some people saying “that’ll be the end of it and you won’t see these young boys again” but I always had a strong belief that the young players who have come through the Academy would compete again this year.
“Look at the performances of Tammy Abraham, Reece James and Mason Mount. Fikayo Tomori is staying patient at the minute, Billy Gilmour is back fit – I have absolutely no problem in throwing these young boys in.”
I think that just about says it all!