Gary Neville sends warning to Chelsea supporters over Frank Lampard’s new-look team

Mason Mount, Fikayo Tomori and Tammy Abraham were all on the scoresheet during Saturday’s 5-2 win over Wolves on Saturday (Picture: Getty)

Gary Neville has urged Chelsea supporters to stay patient with their youthful team but warned them not to expect a Premier League title anytime soon.

Chelsea have moved in a new direction under Frank Lampard with the first-team currently well-stocked with homegrown academy graduates in the wake of their transfer ban.

The youngsters are certainly making an impression too with all 11 of Chelsea’s Premier League goals this season being scored by England U21 international’s – Tammy Abraham (seven), Mason Mount (three) and Fikayo Tomori (one).

Neville was a member of the famous ‘Class of 92’ who came through at Manchester United and he believes the inclusion of Chelsea youth players in the first-team will create a better connection with the club’s supporters.

Chelsea are moving in a new direction under Frank Lampard (Picture: Getty)

‘Manchester United have spent nearly £900m since Sir Alex retired, £900m, and there have been times in the last five, six years where I’ve gone to the ground and I’ve not liked the team,’ he said.

‘I actually like this team, and there’s a bit of that in Chelsea. I actually look at this Chelsea team, with Hudson-Odoi and Loftus-Cheek to come back, Mount, Abraham, there’s players in there – three academy players on Saturday – I’ve been crying out for seven or eight years to see Chelsea bring young players through into the first team.

‘What we can’t do now – after we’ve been crying out in that way – is then all of sudden when they don’t quite deliver Champions League success or deliver Premier League titles, is start whinging about it.

‘I actually like what’s happening at Chelsea. I think that it’s the right move. They’ve had a great youth system for the last 10 years, it’s about time it was started to be blooded.

‘And that means the fans will start to like the team more, but they’re maybe going to have to accept that they’re potentially not going to be winning Premier League titles.’

Chelsea have long been criticised for failing to give young players a chance despite enjoying sustained success at youth level but all that has changed this season since Lampard was appointed manager in the summer.

Lampard faith in Abraham, Mount, Tomori and Andreas Christensen, has already reaped rewards, while Callum Hudson-Odoi and Reece James are also being tipped to make an impact once they are fully fit.


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