Chelsea manager Frank Lampard has called upon four Blues youngsters to train with the first team, ahead of Sunday’s FA Cup third round tie against Morecambe, according to Goal.
The Blues have gone three games without a victory in the Premier League and host the in-form League Two outfit, who have won their last four league matches.
The west London side are set to rest several first team regulars against the side, who sit 65 football league places below them. And this could potentially see a handful of academy stars earn their senior debuts.
Frank’s Fantastic Four
According to the report, Tino Anjorin, Lewis Bate, Henry Lawrence and Tino Livramento have been training alongside the first team contingent.
Anjorin is the played with the most senior team appearances among the quadruple.
He has featured competitively for the Blues on three occasions and made his senior debut in last season’s EFL Cup third round tie against Grimsby. He managed 23 minutes on that day, a game in which the side won 7-1.
Anjorin followed that appearance with 19 Premier League minutes against Everton last term. He recorded 80 minutes in the Champions League this season in their final group game against Krasnodar.
However, the left-sided attacking-midfielder could be in line for his FA Cup debut on Sunday against Morecambe.
Unlike Anjorin, trio Bate, Lawrence and Livramento are yet to make a senior competitive appearance for the Pensioners.
However, between the three, they have managed 142 games for the academy sides.
Bate is a versatile midfielder and can play centrally and occupy more defensive positions too. Lawrence has been utilised in every position along the defence. He has also played at defensive-midfield and the left side of midfield.
Eighteen-year-old Livramento is a player that has featured on the right flank for the Academy side. He has played at right-back and right-midfield.
I think Frank Lampard has a bold decision to make. The side are struggling with their attacking players such as Timo Werner misfiring at the moment.
Against a lower-league opponent, Werner could certainly fill his boots and this could provide him with some much-needed confidence.
However, it may be wise for Lampard to take some of the under-fire players out of his selection, awarding an opportunity to his youngsters.
Given he had so much success with the likes of Billy Gilmour, who put in a coming-of-age performance against Liverpool last term, it could enable some of the new faces to relish the opportunity.
They could make a name for themselves, albeit against a respectfully different side in terms of quality.