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.

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LONDON, ENGLAND – JANUARY 03: Chelsea Manager Frank Lampard during the Premier League match between Chelsea and Manchester City at Stamford Bridge on January 03, 2021 in London, England. The match will be played without fans, behind closed doors as a Covid-19 precaution. (Photo by Visionhaus)

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.

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LONDON, ENGLAND – DECEMBER 08: Tino Anjorin of Chelsea during the UEFA Champions League Group E stage match between Chelsea FC and FC Krasnodar at Stamford Bridge on December 08, 2020 in London, England. A limited number of fans (2000) are welcomed back to stadiums to watch elite football across England. This was following easing of restrictions on spectators in tiers one and two areas only. (Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images)

However, the left-sided attacking-midfielder could be in line for his FA Cup debut on Sunday against Morecambe.

New faces

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.

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BRISTOL, ENGLAND – NOVEMBER 18: Tino Livramento of Chelsea during the EFL Trophy match between Bristol Rovers and Chelsea U21 at the Memorial Stadium on November 18, 2020 in Bristol, England. Sporting stadiums around the UK remain under strict restrictions due to the Coronavirus Pandemic as Government social distancing laws prohibit fans inside venues resulting in games being played behind closed doors. (Photo by Harry Trump/Getty Images)

Chronicle view

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.

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