West Ham United captain Mark Noble believes other clubs will try to copy how Frank Lampard has integrated the young players into his Chelsea team.
West Ham will host Chelsea for a Premier League match later today at London Stadium.
Speaking ahead of the game, the Hammers’ Noble has praised Chelsea boss Lampard as he believes the manager has pleased the club’s executives in his first season so far.
He told the Evening Standard: “One team who have benefited from picking their young players are our opponents tonight, Chelsea.
“I spoke to Frank Lampard a month ago and the club’s hierarchy must be delighted because he’s saved them millions by picking those youngsters.”
“You look at Tammy Abraham, Mason Mount, Reece James, Billy Gilmour, Fikayo Tomori, Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Callum Hudson-Odoi.
“Some of those got their chance before Frank came in, but others have eagerly grabbed the opportunity afforded them this season due to the club’s transfer embargo.”
Noble believes that under Lampard, as long as you are good enough, then you are old enough to play.
“Maybe other clubs will look at what is happening at Chelsea and think they should be doing something similar,” he added.
The emergence of these fresh talents has also helped Chelsea turn their attention to certain areas for the summer transfers.
Having Mount and Gilmour means Chelsea would not have to invest big in midfield, and they can focus on strengthening other areas or replacing those who are leaving the club such as Pedro and Willian.
Hakim Ziyech and Timo Werner are now officially Chelsea players as of today, although the pair will have to wait until next season for their Premier League debuts.
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