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Lampard names two Chelsea youngsters ready to break into first-team

Frank Lampard has named two Chelsea youngster who could follow the footsteps of Billy Gilmour and break into the first-team.

Lampard has been somewhat a saviour for Chelsea youth setup since his appointment as the manager.

Along with his number two Jody Morris, Lampard has given more first-team debuts to Chelsea academy products (eight) compared to any previous Chelsea manager.

Billy Gilmour has been the latest academy graduate who made headlines. The 18-year-old displayed back-to-back man of the match performances in Chelsea’s last two games against Liverpool and Everton.

Speaking to Sky Sports’ The Football Show, Lampard said the club will not overlook those who do well in the academy.

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Asked by Gary Neville to namecheck the players who are ready to follow Gilmour, Lampard said: “Tino Anjorin came on against Everton and played in the Carabao Cup earlier in the season, and Ian Maatsen played some minutes.

“I don’t want to leave out too many others because there are so many good young players that have the potential to come through, but we know the ones that are there.

“One of the first things that we [the coaching team] tried to do at Chelsea was bring them in, and get an idea that if you train well enough in the academy you’re not forgotten, it will get flagged, and you will have an opportunity to train with us.”

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Anjorin was handed his senior debut along with another academy player Armando Broja in the game against Everton.

As an attacking midfielder, he will have plenty of competitions for the first-team spots as Lampard also has Mason Mount, Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Ross Barkley who play in a similar position.

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Maatsen, on the other hand, could have a decent opportunity next season. He predominantly plays as a left-back and with Marcos Alonso and Emerson Palmieri are reportedly close to summer exits, he could be an option to fill in.

Although, Chelsea are also linked to a big left-back signing with Leicester City’s Ben Chilwell and Porto’s Alex Telles among the reported candidates.

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