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Jody Morris urges Chelsea youngsters to improve

Chelsea assistant manager Jody Morris has urged Chelsea young academy players to put in more effort and strive to improve if they want to...


Chelsea assistant manager Jody Morris has urged Chelsea young academy players to put in more effort and strive to improve if they want to consolidate their positions in the first team.

The management team led by head coach Frank Lampard has given seven academy players their first-team debut this season, but Morris believes that if they work harder and improve further they can remain in the first team.

“I think the level of player that we have produced is giving them a better chance of maybe making that step,” he said.

“They probably have a better chance now Frank is manager than they have had previously but, at the same time, just because they do well as young players as 15, 16, 17 years olds, going to do it in the first team for Chelsea is difficult.

“Sometimes you come in and do well because nobody really knows too much about you but then the real tough part comes when there are demands weekly regular demands. It is about whether you can live up to those expectations and only time will tell and only if you perform well, in the beginning, to stay in there.

“Of course, there is no way I can get away from the fact that I am a homegrown player myself. I am a massive Chelsea fan so there is nothing better [than seeing academy talent]. I think every club is like that there is nothing better than seeing their homegrown players coming through.

“The fact we have had seven debutants this year is suggesting we are maybe giving some of them a chance, but it is not just about getting debuts it is about whether you can get some regulars. Some people competing to start week-in week-out.

“There are some young lads here who are certainly not ready to play week-in week-out but at the same time, they are at least knocking on the door to try and impress the manager.

“As you can see, you never know what is going to come around the corner when you have got Mason Mounts and Tammy Abrahams. I am not sure they would have thought years ago that they are going to play many games for Chelsea.”

Chelsea youngsters are expected to dominate the team that will face Nottingham Forest in the FA Cup this afternoon.

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