Despite guiding the team to a triumph in the Europa League and a third-placed finish in the Premier League, one of the major criticisms that could pointed at former Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri was his reluctance to turn towards the club’s academy stars while in charge at Stamford Bridge.
However, the eagerly-anticipated potential appointment of club legend Frank Lampard has seemingly energised hopes that the talented production line at Stamford Bridge might finally get its fair shot next season.
Indeed, according to The Telegraph, Lampard will look to integrate the side’s academy with the first-team, and will instruct the youth coaches to vary their training times so he can watch them when he’s not working with the senior players.
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The latest news over their academy saw Chelsea fans take to Twitter to voice their feelings on the matter, and whilst some were rather excited by the prospect, there were a few murmurs of discontent.
Some supporters of the west London side raised their fears that it could lead to “unnecessary pressure” on Lampard to use the club’s youngsters even if they weren’t good enough, and cautioned whether this could end up being a seriously disappointing campaign.
More optimistic fans however welcomed the club’s supposed renewed focus on the academy and thought it was another step in the right direction.
Check out some of the reaction of Chelsea fans below:
I think Frankie will have unnecessary pressure and will feel forced to have to use as many youth players as possible and this might be dangerous tbh. But only time will tell☺
— LucianoDaVinci (@Mshengu_Shabba8) 2 July 2019
Remember Andre Villas Boas promises? We all know what happened..
— Gwarey (@Gwarey1) 2 July 2019
We’re definitely going down
— Flawless Baguettes (@mysteiouskid) 2 July 2019
We are rebuilding… And its a good thing
— Domicile herb (@domicileherb) 2 July 2019
@_______Steve music to my ears
— Chris (@ChrisCross1905) 1 July 2019
Either way, by the ban or by choice, this is one of the most excited I’ve been in a long time for Chelsea. It may work, it may bridge the gap, it may not work. Low-risk, potential huge-return appointment. This could change the way Chelsea are structured alongside Petr.
— Jimmy O’Hare (@JimmyOHare67) 1 July 2019
I don’t think it’s a good idea for him to be spending to much time with the dev squads. The main team needs 150% of his focus, plus there are people who already work with lamps regarding the dev teams.
— Victor Rashidi (@rashidi_victor) 1 July 2019