'They have real potential': Lampard names the Chelsea prospects who've caught his eye

Frank Lampard has been pleased with the introduction of five Chelsea youth players into senior training and sees plenty of potential in them all.

Speaking in his press-conference prior to the FA Cup game against Morecambe on Sunday, Lampard confirmed that a handful of academy products had been promoted to work alongside his internationally renowned stars.

“We’ve called up both Tinos (Anjorin and Livramento) Jude, Lewis Bate and Henry Lawrence,” the Chelsea manager verified.

Out of the group only Tino Anjorin has tasted first-team action before, gaining minutes in the Premier League and League Cup last season, and Champions League this time around.

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However, all five are highly rated around Cobham, and appreciated by Lampard himself, hence his eagerness to integrate them with his squad.

Both Anjorin and Lewis Bate have been nominated for December’s PL2 Player of the Month award, whilst Jude Soonsup-Bell recently became the first academy player to score four goals in one FA Youth Cup game for 59 years.

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Including Valentino Livramento and Henry Lawrence, the group have been incorporated into Lampard’s plans not only for this weekend, but for future excursions as well.

“It’s a great experience for them and something I’ve wanted to do”, he admitted. “I’ve seen a lot out of all the players who have come to train with us.”

Having worked with and able to mould them first hand, the Blues boss has been given a clear picture of their abilities, confident that their careers will have an upward trajectory.

“They have real potential and there are lots of steps for them in different ways. I’ve been really pleased to be able to do it.”

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The five combined have already amassed over 200 games at Chelsea youth level and will be hoping to stamp a senior mark on their CV.

Lampard will likely start at least a couple of them at Stamford Bridge this weekend, and he will be keen to ensure they all gain valuable minutes.

Nathaniel is a football journalist who graduated from the University of Derby. He has worked at Burton Albion as part of their media team for two years. Nathaniel produces regular articles for the club’s official website and match-day programme. He covered the 2018 U20 Women’s World Cup in Brittany and has reported from grounds ranging from non-league up to the Premier League.