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Pundit questions ‘excuses’ made for Lampard at Chelsea

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Darren Bent claims “people have made excuses” for Frank Lampard in his first season at Chelsea.

The Blues fell to a 2-1 defeat in Saturday’s FA Cup final against Arsenal, but Lampard has received praise for guiding a young team into the top four in the Premier League.

Unable to make summer transfers, Lampard integrated some of Chelsea’s youth talent into the first team.

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But Bent believes some of this praise isn’t fully justified.

Bent said on talkSPORT: “A lot of people have lauded Frank Lampard for the job he’s done this season. He’s brought through the youngsters… but he was forced to do this.

“At times people have made excuses for him; yeah he’s given them [academy players] an opportunity and they’ve taken it, but I do think that next season is going to be completely different.

“Are they going to sign all these players, will the youth players get more opportunities next season?

“That’s going to be pressure in itself because the people in authority will be like ‘hold on, you were forced to do it last season, where are the youngsters this season?’

“It’s an open chequebook, they can sign whoever they want. Are these players still going to get the opportunities?”

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