For the first time in a long time at Stamford Bridge, the prospect of first team football for young players looks closer to reality than fairytale. Previously, depending on who you ask, the youth policy sometimes even resembled a nightmare.
Not only did the Blues fail to tap into the potential of much-vaunted starlets such as Josh McEachran and Nathaniel Chalobah, they contrived to miss the obvious potential contained within Kevin De Bruyne and Mohamed Salah, now two of the Premier League's biggest talents.
Tammy Abraham has already spoken of his optimism concerning the idea of Lampard's management, with the 21-year-old having spent two seasons in the Championship terrifying defences and hitting 49 second tier goals. There is also a potential vacuum up front for the London club, with Alvaro Morata gone and Gonzalo Higuain's future laying away from London.
He shares many of these attributes with his manager, as it happens, and Lampard insists his goalscoring record can improve from the nine he struck in the Championship last season. “Mason missed two months of the season and that shows he’s a boy that’s going to score goals and that’s important for us", he said after the midfielder's hat-trick against Bolton in April.
He also been effusive in pre-season about the likes of Mount and centre-back Fikayo Tomori and what they brought to his Derby team.
Frank Lampard was full of praise for Mason Mount and Fikayo Tomori pic.twitter.com/IRTx9AMhnw— Chelsea FC News (@Chelsea_FL) July 5, 2019
One imagines Lampard will be far more tactful. For all his managerial inexperience, he has played under some of the biggest giants in the game, including Jose Mourinho and Carlo Ancelotti. Along with that, he galvanised youth last season at Pride Park, and allowed the mixture of energetic young players and experienced older players to push them into the playoff final.
If Lampard can repeat some of that goodwill and togetherness that defined his time at Derby, he will likely be rewarded with time and patience from the fans and board. But if his project goes off the rails, as it often does for Chelsea managers, it could be the final straw for young players who still believe they can make a name for themselves in west London.
Source : 90min