Chelsea: Should Lampard be given more time to succeed?
Chelsea have called up five teenagers for training this week, with Frank Lampard expected to make a host of changes in the FA Cup on Sunday. The Blues are on a torrid run of form, with four defeats in their last six matches and sit ninth in the Premier League table.
Despite reportedly being under pressure of losing his job, Lampard is likely to make a number of changes at the weekend due to his desire to rest players because of the compact nature of fixtures this season.
With Morecambe of League Two the opponents on Sunday, fans were left wondering if Lampard might use the FA Cup third round tie as a chance to blood some fresh talent.
And that assumption was fueled further when reports surfaced that he had called up five academy graduates to training this week.
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Tino Anjorin, Lewis Bate, Henry Lawrence, Tino Livramento and 16-year-old Jude Soonsup-Bell have all been training with the first team this week.
Anjorin, who has been with Chelsea more than ten years, is a powerful box-to-box midfielder who only turned 19 in November. But the England Under-19 international already has Premier League and Champions League appearances to his name, having made his debut as a 17-year-old in the EFL Cup win over Grimsby Town in September 2019.
Bate, who like Anjorin signed for the Blues at under-9 level, is an 18-year-old combative midfielder and whilst he has yet to make his senior debut for Chelsea, last season he was on the bench for the Champions League last 16 defeat to Bayern Munich and the Premier League game with Sheffield United.
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Henry Lawrence, who is from a family of big Chelsea fans, is a versatile defender-cum midfielder who can play on either flank or centrally and has more recently impressed at right-back.
The 19-year-old is another who was on the bench for the 4-1 defeat to Bayern in August.
The under-9 trend continues with Croydon-born Livramento. The England Under-20 international is another who has impressed at right back in the past but has also played higher up the field in recent times.
If included, this would be his first time in Chelsea’s senior matchday squad.
The fifth new addition to first team training this week is exciting striker Soonsup-Bell, who would have the chance to mark his 17th birthday in style if he was included against Morecambe on Sunday.
The Chippenham-born frontman joined the club after leaving Swindon at Under-13 level.
Soonsup-Bell has been on fire in recent years, scoring 26 goals in just 17 appearances last season for the different Chelsea youth sides.
The striker already had 11 goals in nine outings in the Under-18 Premier League this term.
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