Lampard: Chelsea youngsters must react positively to big signings

Chelsea’s youngsters impress

The 2019/20 campaign has seen several Chelsea youth products become integral members of the Blues’ senior side.

Tammy Abraham is currently Chelsea’s top scorer this term, with an impressive 15 goals to his name.

The likes of Mason Mount, Fikayo Tomori and Reece James have also shone for Frank Lampard’s side this season.

But, whilst Lampard should be praised for showing so much faith in the likes of Mount and Abraham, a case could be made that the English tactician has only given so many youngsters chances because of Chelsea’s transfer ban, and that if Chelsea had been free to sign players in the summer, we wouldn’t be seeing nearly as many opportunities afforded to the Blues’ young stars.

LONDON, ENGLAND – DECEMBER 04: Mason Mount of Chelsea FC celebrates with team mate Tammy Abraham after scoring goal during the Premier League match between Chelsea FC and Aston Villa at Stamford Bridge on December 4, 2019 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Sebastian Frej/MB Media/Getty Images)

Chelsea sign Ziyech

Chelsea were able to sign players in January, but they didn’t bring anyone in.

However, ahead of the next transfer window, Chelsea have already been active in the market, confirming that Ajax’s Hakim Ziyech will be joining them in the summer.

As well as already landing Ziyech, the Blues have been linked with a number of top players, such as Lyon hitman Moussa Dembele.

Lampard challenges Chelsea’s youngsters

With the links to big players and the impending arrival of Ziyech, Lampard has spoken about Chelsea’s young stars, and how they must deal with the potential incoming of big signings.

Lampard stated that big signings should happen at a club like Chelsea, and it is up to the young players to react positively to that challenge:

“If that happens, and it should happen at a club like Chelsea – that will be a challenge that gets laid down in front of the young players.

“One that they have to react positively to. 

“It is part and parcel of playing here at Chelsea. I think the young players have made great impact this season and we have had a reliance on them to a degree because we couldn’t bring anyone in and we knew that at the start. 

“Through the season I think there are going to be some difficult little times. If you look at Tammy Abraham at the moment and Mason they are now – and I think the break was particularly good for them – they can come back and show more levels in their game. They have had tough little times recently. They are a big part of our plans whatever, a big part of my plans.” As quoted by the Evening Standard.

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