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Flo: Chelsea youth has done well for a long time but nobody dared to give them a chance

Former Chelsea striker and the club’s current loan player technical coach, Tore André Flo says he is not surprised by the success of acad...


Former Chelsea striker and the club’s current loan player technical coach, Tore André Flo says he is not surprised by the success of academy players who have been promoted to the first team by Frank Lampard.

Lampard who took over from Maurizio Sarri last summer with the club serving a two-window ban (reduced to one on appeal) has been able to promote the likes of leading scorer Tammy Abraham, Mason Mount, Fikayo Tomori, Reece James, Billy Gilmour and made them first-team regulars.

Flo said nothing changed except they now have a manager who knows and believes in them.

“Although they are now breaking into the first team, the youth team has actually done tremendously well for a long, long time. The only thing missing was someone who dared to give them the chance, and they finally got it in Frank Lampard,” he said, as quoted by SportWitness.

“We who work here have seen several talents who have left Chelsea before they really got the chance.

“Lampard took a bit of the coaching system in the Chelsea system, so he knows the academy inside out and the players very well. He promised to give the youngsters the chance, and he has kept that going.

“At least the transfer ban has meant that both the club and the supporters give Lampard some time. That time he uses very well and smartly. He has brought both the club and the supporters with him. He will probably have some time to work on his project.”

With the help and performances of the academy players, Chelsea have been able to keep their position in top 4 in the league despite the club's inability to sign players due to the two-window ban.


Written by Vince @blue_footy

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