The Appointment of Frank Lampard and Jody Morris was a huge uniting boost for a Chelsea fan base that was so divided over the predecessor Maurizio Sarri.
I for one was delighted they both returned. Firstly Frank in my opinion is the greatest player to pull on a Chelsea shirt. But for me the return of Jody Morris was more important. I think as a fan base we can agree with the appointment of Frank and Jody the ‘DNA’ of the club is changing. The early messages from both are promising regarding the academy players, if their good enough they will play seems to be the message.
Jody played for Chelsea in a golden era in the mid to late 90s, when we made some exciting signings. Players such as Gianfranco Zola, Gianluca Vialli and Roberto Di Matteo.
It was clear after training and playing with great players everyday, it obviously made Jody a better and more tactically aware Football Player. Italian players especially have always been know for their tactical awareness and that influence on Jody was clear to see on his return as Academy Coach at Chelsea.
During Jody’s time as Academy Coach, Chelsea dominated both domestically and in Europe at Academy level. Jody has overseen the development of Academy players such as Mason Mount, Ruben Loftus Cheek and Fikayo Timori.
Jody often showed how flexible he was in regards to formations while manager of the Academy. One important aspect is that Jody loves Football, he’s a student of the game. You only have to follow him on Twitter to know that.
The improvement in Mason Mount from a tactical point of view from his time at Derby was clear to see. Where he played deeper sometimes rather than a high pressing ‘Number 10’ type player. Learning to play deeper is invaluable for a player of Masons age because it’s improving him tactically and making him aware of individual responsibilities as part of a Team.
Having Frank and Jody at the ‘helm’ is a monumental change of direction for Chelsea, it’s a change I applaud Roman and the Board for taking. Some of these young Academy players are very promising and now it seems they will have more chances under Frank and Jody than ever before.
How good are these Academy players is a question I often see on Twitter. The answer is simple ‘No one knows’. We won’t know until there given a chance, but with Frank and more importantly Jody in charge I think we should all be excited to see these Young Players given a fair opportunity.