Chelsea manager Frank Lampard has given his young players a stark warning despite putting his confidence in the likes of Mason Mount and Tammy Abraham.
Lampard opted to start with both Mount and Abraham at Manchester United yesterday, while also bringing defender Kurt Zouma back into the fold following his loan spell with Everton last season.
But speaking before the game, Lampard had a frank message for his youngsters, insisting they must now show they belong in the first-team.
“There’s energy in the team and two Chelsea lads starting who have come through the academy. But these aren’t gifts – they need to show they belong.” Lampard said to Sky Sports, with quotes taken from an article by Football.London.
The message from Lampard is a warning shot of sorts to those young players who perhaps think that they will instantly become regulars under their new boss given his willingness to put faith in youth and give players a chance in the first XI.
Mount in particular will be looking to earn the trust of Lampard after impressing for Derby County last season as he rattled in nine goals to help the Rams to the Championship play-off final.
Abraham, on the other hand, has enjoyed productive spells at the likes of Bristol City and Aston Villa before now, and will be looking to cement his place as the main man in attack for Chelsea as they sit under a transfer ban.
Lampard is right to deliver this sort of message and it’s not a given that these young players will always be selected just because of his philosophy.
If they don’t perform, Lampard surely won’t mess about in shipping them back out of the first-team based on his words, so the gauntlet has well and truly been laid down by the new Blues manager.
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