Mark Schwarzer has told Match of the Day Live that Chelsea’s coaches have spoken very highly to him about the future of Tino Anjorin.
Anjorin came off the bench for Chelsea in their FA Cup tie against Morecambe at the weekend, with Frank Lampard keen to hand the youngster some more first-team experience.
Having included five from the academy to train with his team throughout the week leading to the match on Sunday, Anjorin was rewarded with a place on the substitutes bench.
Schwarzer, who represented Chelsea 12 times between 2013 and 2015, was on commentary for the recent fixture at Stamford Bridge, as well as the Champions League night where Anjorin made his full senior debut.
“I spoke to one of the coaches before the game and they spoke very highly of him (Anjorin),” the former ‘keeper disclosed. “They expect a lot from him, but on the night he was quiet.”
Anjorin hadn’t even been born when Schwarzer was making his debut in England, but his development has certainly caught the attention of Lampard and most inside of Cobham.
The talented midfielder has now made appearances in the Premier League, European competition and both domestic cups as his potential increases by the day.
Lampard has delivered a philosophy of promoting from within Chelsea since he became manager, and Schwarzer believes this has heavily benefitted the likes of Anjorin.
“He’s a player like Chelsea have had over many years; lots of talented young players coming through the academy. The biggest difference is, under Frank Lampard and since the transfer embargo, these players are getting opportunities which is great to see.”
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Its crystal clear that Lampard admires and trusts Anjorin, and is happy to call upon him without the fear of overextending the youngster’s ability.
The worry is that he will only feature in matches against the likes of Morecambe or Krasnodar, where the result isn’t in doubt or has little meaning.
To truly uncover his talent, Lampard would need to play him a in pressurised situation, which isn’t a risk he can afford right now.