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2 Chelsea youngsters Lampard needs to give more playing time – Agree?

These two players could have been out of the door at Stamford Bridge if it wasn't for Frank Lampard.

Chelsea has opted for the ‘club legend in management’ strategy in Frank Lampard, what alterations can we expect for the Chelsea side?

Last season, despite the ups and downs and misbehaving goalkeepers for the London blues. Maurizio Sarri managed to get his squad to 3rd place in the Premier League, he won the Europa cup and got runners-up in the League Cup.

However, Sarri was regularly criticised for his squad selections and foreseeable substitutions, making his Chelsea side somewhat predictable to any side they faced.

As club legend Frank Lampard steps in, just as when club legend Ole Gunnar Solskjaer stepped into Man Utd, fans expect more decisions to be made that demonstrate a love and passion for the club they support, this includes harnessing the youth.

Jose Mourinho was criticised at Manchester United for not giving playing time to their youth players, even in competitions such as the League Cup, and Sarri was criticised for similar sins.

Here are two players that we should see a lot more of in Stamford Bridge now that Sarri is gone and Lampard is in…

Callum Hudson-Odoi

Yes, you saw this coming. Sarri was under heavy scrutiny for not giving Hudson-Odoi, 18, more first-team action last season, as he only appeared in 10 Premier League matches. According to reports, players including Hudson-Odoi were considering a move away from the club before Lampard was appointed manager, but are now happy to stay in the blue and fight for Lampard’s Chelsea vision.

Ruben Loftus-Cheek

Being 5 years senior to Hudson-Odoi, Loftus-Cheek did see more action under Maurizio Sarri, however, it is still argued that he was not seen enough, having 24 Premier League appearances last season. Under Lampard, we should see Loftus-Cheek appear heavily throughout next season, possibly featuring in almost every game provided he remains injury-free. Loftus-Cheek is much more of a fan-favourite than Jorginho and we could see the Italian snubbed to give the Englishman more of a role in the club.

Under Lampard, we should see Loftus-Cheek appear heavily throughout next season, possibly featuring in almost every game provided he remains injury-free. Loftus-Cheek is much more of a fan-favourite than Jorginho and we could see the Italian snubbed to give the Englishman more of a role in the club.

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