Analysing Chelsea’s next batch of young stars hoping to catch Frank Lampard’s eye

Frank Lampard’s youth policy at Chelsea is receiving acclaim from far and wide.

The new Blues’ boss has opened up a new window to the football world by blooding the kids and plotting a new course for the Kings Road boys.

Of course, the names of Tammy Abraham, Mason Mount and Fikayo Tomori were already known to the wider football public due to their spells out on loan.

But the brave new world being charted by the ex-England international meant that several other names could be added to the list after he shoved them into first-team action in the Carabao Cup tie against Grimsby Town in midweek.

Centre-back Marc Guehi, (19) fellow defender Ian Maatsen (17) and striker Faustino Anjorin (17) all had a taste of the action during the seven-goal romp at Stamford Bridge.



LONDON, ENGLAND – SEPTEMBER 22: Frank Lampard, Manager of Chelsea applauds fans after his sides defeat in the Premier League match between Chelsea FC and Liverpool FC at Stamford Bridge on September 22, 2019 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Chelsea Football Club/Chelsea FC via Getty Images)

And even though a transfer ban has forced Lampard’s hand, the scale of change has been more revolution than evolution.

With that in mind, Neil Moxley went to scout out more hidden gems that may be lurking in the background, as he ran the rule over Chelsea’s Under-21 side during their Football League Trophy clash with Bristol Rovers.

Charlie Brown



Charlie Brown fires at goal for the Blues

Spiky forward, signed from Ipswich Town three years ago, who was asked to lead the line in the West Country. He never gave the Pirates’ first-team central defensive pairing a minute’s rest.

Refused to be bullied and seized upon a mistake to score a brilliant opportunist goal from the tightest of angles.

Has a left foot and close control to die for. A real box of tricks. Physically, has some growing to do but a genuine first-team prospect.

Verdict: It’s may be asking a lot for Brown, who celebrated his 20th birthday this week, to make the step up to the Premier League right now.

But he’s ripe for a loan move, possibly in the New Year, and with another 12 months’ development, Lampard could have a proper goal threat on his hands.

George McEachran



McEachran is the younger brother of ex-Blues midfielder Josh

Midfielder who won the Under-17 World Cup with England, he is the younger brother of ex-Blues’ trainee, Josh.

Asked to play a holding role at the Memorial Stadium, the 19-year-old kept play ticking over, with a selection of neat little flicks and short passes.

Not massively energetic – maybe due to having to play a disciplined role in front of his back four – and looked more effective late on when pushed further forwards.

But he was constantly shoving some of his more senior colleagues around the pitch and showed fledgling leadership qualities.

Verdict: Very much in the mould of Jody Morris and Dennis Wise. Small, plenty to say – but can certainly play.Small can also be beautiful but physically he needs to beef up to cope with men’s football.

For the moment, however, he’s worth persevering with.

Tariq Lamptey



Lamptey has been with the club since the age of seven

Pocket-rocket of a right-full back who loves bombing forward – possibly more than he loves defending.

Made a mistake early on but recovered well and is clearly brimming with confidence. Pushed miles up the pitch and combined well on the right flank – Chelsea’s most dangerous threat all night.

Another who has been with the club since the age of seven and another England international. Over-played in the wrong areas once or twice but caught the eye with his pace.

Verdict: Has only just turned 19 years of age and was the smallest player on the pitch. If he can improve upon his defensive quality he has got every chance with his athleticism. Not for a year or two, however, due to his size.

Clinton Mola



Mola captained the Blues and could emerge as a real star

Spotted playing grassroots football in London and signed after a trial – proving Chelsea do more than just throw money at recruitment of youth players, Mola impressed alongside McEachran.

An England youth international, the midfielder is tall for an 18-year-old but his rangy appearance does not disguise his overall ability. Happy to carry the ball with good decision-making, he stood up well against experienced opponents.

Verdict: Whisper it quietly, but Mola gave a display of understated power. If he continues to progress, it is not too much of a leap to see him being a real force at the heart of Chelsea’s midfield.

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Dynel Simeu

Played for Chelsea’s youth team while still at school – and it’s easy to see why. The best defenders take no risks and, in that regard, Simeu appeared old beyond his years.

Another scouted via trial, Simeu is an old-fashioned centre-half – a throwback – on this display against seasoned League One opponents.

Has only just signed as a professional but if he continues to keep it simple and adds to his experience with first-team exposure in the next two years, the sky could be the limit.

Verdict: Hard to believe this strapping stopper is just 17 years old – could be a monster when he finishes growing. Absolutely one to watch.

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