The Chelsea academy has finally been paying dividends this season, with Lampard coming in and trusting the youth. He has changed the culture at the club, and fans are more excited than ever about young players coming through the ranks.

Here are five players who could be next to make the step up.

Conor Gallagher

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Currently, on loan at Charlton, Gallagher has been making quite the impression. He has notched six goals in 16 appearances for the Championship club this season and put in some impressive displays for the England U-21.

Chelsea’s Academy Player of the Year is surely on Lampard’s radar and ready to claim a first-team spot next season.

Tino Anjorin

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The attacking midfielder has been sublime for the youth team this season and has drawn comparisons with Ruben Loftus-Cheek. This is due to his big frame and athletic, powerful nature.

He has already made his first-team debut, against Grimsby in the Carabao Cup, and it is likely that that fans will be seeing more of the youngster in the coming months.

Ian Maatsen

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The left-back is the youngest on this list, at just 17-years-old, but is earning rave reviews. Whilst impressing in the Chelsea youth side, Anjorin has made a name for himself on the international youth stage.

He was crucial for the Netherlands U-17 side who won the European Championships and even popped up with a goal in the final. Lampard will be keeping an eye, especially with the uncertainty surrounding who will be the long term left-back.

Billy Gilmour

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At just 18-years old, Gilmour has already made two Premier League appearances for the Blues and is a regular feature in the matchday squad.

He is seen by many as one of Chelsea’s top young starlets and has big aspirations to become one of the world’s greatest. Lampard wants him learning in the first team, so it would be fair to expect big things from the Scottish youngster.

Marc Guehi

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The defender is another player who has been given a first-team debut this season against Grimsby in the Carabao Cup. Guehi is just 19-years-old and was part of the England U-17 World Cup-winning side.

He will be hoping to follow in Tomori’s footsteps and break into the first team soon.

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