Joe Cole urges Frank Lampard to try and copy Manchester United's blueprint
Former Blues Joe Cole has urged Frank Lampard to keep the more experienced players in the squad to help the young talents.
Lampard has previously said Chelsea are in a transition period this season with a wave of exciting young talents such as Mason Mount, Tammy Abraham, Fikayo Tomori and Reece James breaking into the senior squad.
Considering it is the first season in the Premier League for most of them, these Chelsea academy graduates have arguably exceeded expectations.
Abraham has been Chelsea’s top scorer, having slotted 15 goals in all competitions this season. Mount has been involved in more goals (six goals and four assists) than any Chelsea players aside from Abraham and Willian.
Cole, however, believes Lampard has to keep the balance of youth and experience.
The former Chelsea player of the season told the Sun: “Rightly so, we’ve credited the young players at Chelsea because they’ve come through, burst onto the scene and been amazing.
“But Giroud, Willian and Pedro are three top class players who have been really massive for the club, particularly Willian, who’s a club legend, the players and the fans love him.
“I hope they can hang onto that experience — if they want to be part of this new, exciting team that they’re building.”
Cole made a reference to Sir Alex Ferguson’s Manchester United who kept their old guards for their experience.
He said: “They can use that experience in the same way that Manchester United hung onto Ryan Giggs, Paul Scholes, Gary and Phil Neville.”
Giroud, Willian and Pedro have all entered the final months of their respective contract at Stamford Bridge.
The three veterans have really helped Chelsea as the likes of Callum Hudson-Odoi, Christian Pulisic and Tammy have been struggling with injuries.
Willian has signalled a summer exit as he said Chelsea refused to offer him the three-year contract he is looking for.
Pedro and Giroud have not ruled out new deals, but they have been linked with a number of interested parties.