As we move into a new era at Chelsea under Frank Lampard I feel our expectations of our young players need to be realistic. Due to our transfer ban it is quite clear to all that our talented youth players will be given more of an opportunity.

With Jody Morris coming back to assist Frank there are no two better people to assess the youth players and see who is ready to take the step up.

We have seen already in our opening two pre season friendlies in Dublin that Frank has played some very young inexperienced players and many have impressed supporters.

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I do however feel as a fan base we have to be realistic with our expectations. Not all of these players will play and some simply won’t be ready for regular Premier League football at a high level. Frank Lampard all but confirmed in a press conference today in Japan that Ethan Ampadu is likely to go out on loan and we have to accept that it is probably best for the player and the club.

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I was impressed also by the likes of Conor Gallagher, Mason Mount, Tammy Abraham and Billy Gilmour during the games in Ireland but we can’t get carried away and assume that they’ll be playing regularly next season. There are still many first team players to join the squad after having extended leave. Not to mention the players we currently have injured and this includes young players Callum Hudson-Odoi and Reece James.

I feel that some forget that not only did Frank integrate youth at Derby County but he did very much like his much senior players as well.

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Don’t get me wrong I’m excited as much as the next fan regarding our talented youth but just because of a transfer ban it doesn’t mean they’ll all stay. Some will simply have to be loaned out. I just hope that wherever they’re loaned to they get game time and return to Chelsea ready to wear the blue shirt again.

Written By Chris Wright