Young Chelsea midfielder Faustino Anjorin said having former academy players in Chelsea’s first-team has been a huge confidence boost for him as part of the club’s youth team.
Anjorin was given his Premier League debut as a substitute in Chelsea’s 4-0 victory over Everton on Sunday.
The 18-year-old is one of the eight academy players who have been given the first-team debuts by Frank Lampard — a record number among Chelsea managers.
In an interview with the Independent, Anjorin spoke about how Lampard’s youth movement has affected him as one of the club’s youth team members.
He said: “Having players like Tammy [Abraham] and Mason [Mount], they know what it’s like being a younger player in the academy. They look after you and give you what maybe they never had at my age.
“Callum [Hudson-Odoi] is only a year above me. It’s relatable, so 100 per cent it makes you more confident knowing the chances are there.
Anjorin aims a leadership role
He added: “Just look at Billy Gilmour out there the other day. I’ve played alongside him and seeing him go out like that gives me the confidence to know I can go out there [with the first team] and not be afraid to do what I do.”
“I know if I keep working harder I can try and be at their level. I want to try and put myself in the same position that Reece [James] is in now.
“I want to be scoring, I want to be creating. In five years time, I want to be a leader in the team, helping the younger academy kids to come through, where they can look up to me too and thrive as well.”
The latest report suggested Anjorin is now close to becoming the next young prospect Chelsea have managed to seal with long-term deals.
Anjorin is often described as a technical attacking midfielder with eyes for goals.