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Chelsea fans react to reports academy will be merged with first-team

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:

Article title: Chelsea fans react to reports academy will be merged with first-team

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