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Frank Lampard sets target for young Chelsea players as he prepares for new season

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A huge emphasis has been put on the potential chances that Chelsea’s youth players will get now that Lampard is in charge.

One of the biggest criticisms of the Blues in recent years has been their inability to properly bed younger players into their first-team plans.

But Lampard, who was appointed earlier this month after ex-boss Maurizio Sarri left for Juventus, should change that trend.

Last year, when Lampard was in charge of Derby in the Championship, he regularly started Chelsea loanees Fikayo Tomori and Mason Mount.

But after the west London side’s dominant pre-season win over St Patrick’s Athletic, Lampard made it very clear that he wouldn’t just be putting young players into the starting line-up for the sake of it.

"The younger players now have a target: can you prove it that pre-season you are good enough to threaten the team," Lampard said.

"Tammy [Abraham] did well with his energy and Michy [Batshuayi] was really good. It is the stuff I want.

"Mason [Mount] showed what I saw at Derby last season, him and Ross [Barkley].

"Also Billy Gilmour in the second half. He has had a brilliant trip and has shown real personality in this trip.

“I just hope Billy keeps pushing on with that this season.

"A lot has been made of the younger players we have here and they need to know the door is open if they impress.

"We need to have competition within the squad.

“The academy has been first class and we want some of them to show they can get a place in the team."

The likes of Abraham and Mount were highly impressive for their loan clubs Aston Villa and Derby last season.

Right-back Reece James is another talented young player who could feature in Lampard’s plans but he’s recovering from an ankle ligament injury.

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