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Chelsea boss Lampard: More kids set to breakthrough

Chelsea boss Frank Lampard says there'll be chances for more kids to make their breakthrough this season.

Tammy Abraham, Mason Mount and Fikayo Tomori have all been given their chances in the early stages of this season and they have rewarded that faith. Andreas Christensen, who established himself in the squad in previous seasons, has seen plenty of action too.

"Looking at the picture here, I think I would be getting it wrong if I was taken as the saviour of the Academy and all things good to all young players in getting them through," he says.

"A lot of that work has been done without me, by Neil Bath [our head of youth development], the Academy staff and the recruitment staff, and by the young lads themselves. Now my job is to do the best with what I have in front of me and I have walked into a club that has a lot of young talent in it.

"Some of it has not touched the first team yet, most of it actually, so I just look at it and say let's see how you train, how you act and behave and what your desire is day in day out. If they reach a level then they play."

Looking at some of those youngsters yet to feature this season, Lampard says: "We have Callum [Hudson-Odoi] and Reece [James] playing in the Under-23s this weekend. We have a game in the Carabao Cup in the week which they can certainly take part in.

"Ruben [Loftus-Cheek] we obviously know about, he is a little bit older but he is another one who has always been searching for more game time and was just starting to get it when he got injured, so we have him right in front of us, and hopefully there will be more beneath that - Billy Gilmour and Conor Gallagher, who is doing brilliantly on loan at Charlton, and others. The door is open but they have to go through it."

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