Frank Lampard explains how he picks academy players to train with first-team - The Chelsea Chronicle

Frank Lampard explains how he picks academy players to train with first-team

Chelsea manager Frank Lampard has explained how he has been keeping himself updated on the academy players and said it is a “priority”.

Being a Chelsea manager is a busy job, with most of the time being spent on preparing for games that often come twice in a week.

Lampard may have the opportunities to watch the academy games once or twice a month but keeping tabs on the young talents from the academy is an impossible task, if done by himself.

Fortunately, the manager has had some of the most knowledgeable people regarding Chelsea’s youth setup to help him out.

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He told Chelsea magazine: “It was always going to be a priority, and the relationships were already there.”

Lampard explained that his assistants Jody Morris and Joe Edwards knew all the academy players, while he knows “the more prominent” ones.

“And we all knew Neil Bath and Jim Fraser [from the Academy] well,” he added.

“It just had to be reconnected because it hadn’t been as connected in recent years.

“I wanted to know all the players, the names of the ones who were training well and deserved a chance.

“It’s easy to pluck a Billy Gilmour, but it’s also a case of hearing that, say, Henry Lawrence is training well — then get him over, get him training with us.

“All those little details are important and it’s brilliant, it’s what it’s all about — it shouldn’t
be any other way.”

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Several academy members have joined the first-team training sessions, including Armando Broja who has also been given his Premier League debut by Lampard in March.

Hopefully, we will see more Gilmours, Brojas and Tino Anjorins under Lampard, and Chelsea can finally reap the rewards of their remarkable youth system.

Gerry is a Chelsea supporter who has more than five years of experience in online publishing. He started out writing for Chelsea fan blogs during his high school years, before writing for several local sport news outlets. After graduating in NCTJ-accredited sports journalism MA at the University of Sunderland, he has worked as a freelance writer for The Chelsea Chronicle since 2020. He is a big fan of football statistics and strongly believes that sooner or later, the xG Gods always catch up. He is also a proud member of Michael Ballack fan club.