According to the Telegraph‘s Matt Law, Frank Lampard intends to merge the Chelsea first-team and academy.
This will involve allowing the players to mix together during meal times, as well as rescheduling sessions in order for him to be present to watch the U-23s in action.
Matt Law’s belief is that Lampard will take an approach to our younger players like no other any Chelsea manager has taken before, with Andre Villas-Boas the only one coming close.
Period of dominance on the horizon
We no longer feel reluctant to claim that Lampard is the right man to take Chelsea back to the very top of English football – at least if this information is accurate.
Chelsea’s brightest young talents will be given a unique platform to show what they can do. We can’t think of a single team in the top six which could be comparable.
It’s not unthinkable that one or two players from every age group will be given the chance to break into the starting eleven when their time is right, proving their worth.
While they are achieving that, the gaps in the squad will be plugged by youngsters patiently waiting for their opportunity, rather than by expensive mediocrity.
Lampard could build a Chelsea side like no other we’ve seen before. They’ll understand what it means to play for this club, and we’ll be better off for it.
If Lampard jumps in with two feet and puts any hesitance he may have to the side, he could create a side like the Barcelona’s or Ajax’s of the past, and we can’t wait.