Lampard: Conte doesn’t deserve criticism for Chelsea’s lack of youth development

The Chelsea fans in the Transfer Tavern desperately want to see a few young players make it through the developmental system at Stamford Bridge…

Chelsea have become infamous for their lack of focus on young players, with a so-called ‘Golden Generation’ of youngsters struggling to make an impact at Stamford Bridge at present. Despite winning every youth trophy available, players like Nathaniel Chalobah, Dominic Solanke and Ruben Loftus-Cheek haven’t been given a look in at Stamford Bridge – with only the latter still on the Chelsea books.

Indeed, it’s a process that Antonio Conte had been expected to change following his arrival, but the Italian has received a lot of criticism in the Transfer Tavern for the lack of focus that he has had on the regime.

Frank Lampard, though, doesn’t see it that way, and in an interview with Goal, the former Chelsea midfielder has revealed that he doesn’t believe that Antonio Conte deserves criticism for the lack of youth development.

Lampard stated: “You have to perform well enough when you train with the first team or come on for 20 minutes to show you are good enough to come in and play…You can’t criticise managers too much [for not bringing them through] with the short lifespans they have got”.

Elaborating, he said: “Conte did give minutes to some of them. So I think it is a two-way thing”.

It’s true that Conte has given players a few minutes here and there, but there is also an argument to suggest that a player needs more than 20 minutes in a meaningless cup fixture to really prove their worth.

Still, nobody is better placed than Frank Lampard – and he appears to be backing Conte.

Landlord’s Verdict

The tide at Stamford Bridge does appear to be slowly changing, with both Jeremie Boga and Andreas Christensen being backed by the manager to feature for the Blues against Burnley.

Fortunately for them, but unfortunately for Antonio Conte, Chelsea’s squad depth is lacking at present, and so they could get a few more chances to shine over the coming weeks.

Still, though, they need to impress.

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