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Alla Zakarian

05-07-2019 | 16:16 Football
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Frank Lampard gives Chelsea’s kids hope after fielding more youth than any Championship or Premier League club last season at Derby

Chelsea's youngsters will be pleased with the appointment of Frank Lampard. The 41-year-old was appointed as Maurizio Sarri's replacement on Thursday after weeks of speculation. Chelsea have transfer ban and will be unable to sign players this summer. Lampard will be expected to give Academy prospects the chance to fill out his squad - the first time in the Roman Abramovich era where youth has been given an opportunity. In fact, in his first season at Pride Park Lampard gave more minutes to players aged 21 and under than any of the 44 clubs in the Premier League OR Championship. The Blues record goalscorer handed out 13,137 league minutes to players of that age, 12,746 more than Sarri gave to his young players. Four of Lampard's five most used players, Fikayo Tomori, Jayden Bogle, Harry Wilson and Mason Mount, were aged 21 or under last season. Two of those, Mount and Tomori, are Chelsea players and are expected to be in Lampard's plans next season.

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