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Former Chelsea midfielder Joe Cole has insisted the Blues’ youngsters are much better than Manchester United’s current crop.
Reece James, Tammy Abraham, Fikayo Tomori, Mason Mount and Callum Hudson-Odoi have all established themselves as first-team regulars.
Given the transfer ban imposed on Lampard, the success he’s had with such a young group of inexperienced players is remarkable.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has tried to implement a similar philosophy at Manchester United but he hasn’t enjoyed the same success.
“I don’t think you’ll ever get the perfect storm which happened when Fergie [Sir Alex Ferguson] brought through all the young players through at Manchester United,” Cole told BT Sport.
“They were all local lads and then they went on to win things, there are a mix and a blend to have for that and I think Chelsea are the closest club to achieving it.
“The players coming through at Manchester United are good players but I don’t see any Callum Hudson-Odois, no Mason Mounts but they are good players. Credit Manchester United for developing them.”