The 8 kids handed Chelsea debuts by Frank Lampard & how they’ve fared
While Frank Lampard didn’t have much success during his first stint as Chelsea manager, he’s remembered for giving first-team opportunities to some of their young players.
Lampard had to deal with a transfer ban during his first summer in the Chelsea dugout and decided to utilise their impressive academy.
We’ve looked at the eight Cobham graduates to make their debut under Lampard to see how they’ve fared so far.
After registering 11 goals and six assists under Lampard during his loan spell at Derby County in 2018-19, Mount unsurprisingly followed the manager back to Stamford Bridge.
The midfielder benefitted from Chelsea’s transfer ban and enjoyed a hugely impressive breakthrough campaign with the Blues in 2019-20, establishing himself as one of the first names on the team sheet.
He continued to flourish under Lampard’s successor Thomas Tuchel, setting up the match-winner in the Champions League final and winning Chelsea’s Player of the Year award in 2020-21.
The England international now boasts more than 100 first-team appearances for Chelsea and last year became the youngest player to score 20 Premier League goals for the club.
“I am very proud of Mason Mount but it’s all down to him in many respects,” Lampard told Coral in September 2021. “His quality, his attributes, how he applies himself in training and his work ethic is special.
“He’s building his own story and I am part of that in that I gave him a chance and I’m definitely proud of that.”
However, Mount’s future is currently up in the air. Contract renewal talks have reportedly broken down and according to insiders it’s increasingly likely that Mount departs Stamford Bridge this summer. Perhaps Lampard can talk him into staying?
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Signed from Rangers as a 16-year-old in 2017, Gilmour worked his way through the ranks at Chelsea and came off the bench to make his senior debut against Sheffield United in August 2019.
The midfielder was later named Man of the Match in his first starts in the FA Cup, Premier League and Champions League and even managed to impress Roy Keane.
“He was fantastic,” Keane said after Chelsea’s FA Cup win over Liverpool in 2020. “I was sitting at home having a cup of tea and some chocolate and I didn’t have the volume on, as the game started I literally got out of my seat and said, ‘who is this kid in midfield?’
“There are certain traits you want from a midfielder, obviously quality on the ball, football intelligence, composure, he had everything. It was one of the best performances I’ve seen in a long, long time.”
The Scotland international then burst onto the international scene at Euro 2020, producing another Man of the Match performance in their 0-0 draw with England at Wembley.
But he found it harder to break into Thomas Tuchel’s side and spent the 2021-22 season with an underwhelming loan at Norwich City, before departing for Brighton for a £7.5million fee in the summer.
Gilmour struggled to make much of an impact for the high-flying Seagulls this season, making just two Premier League starts.
During his loan spell at Wigan in 2018-19, James won the Fans’ Player of the Year award with 96% of the votes, as well as the Players’ Player of the Year and Goal of the Season awards.
He was then promoted to Chelsea’s first-team squad by Lampard and made 37 appearances in his breakthrough season, becoming the club’s youngest-ever Champions League goalscorer when completing their comeback in a 4-4 draw against Ajax.
The right-back ended his second season with the Blues with an outstanding performance in their Champions League final victory and has taken his game to another level since then. A very strong shout to be England’s best right-back, which is no mean feat given the competition.
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Guehi was handed his senior Chelsea debut by Lampard in a League Cup tie with Grimsby and also played in their defeat to Manchester United in the same competition.
But that 2-1 loss to United proved to be his last appearance for the Blues, and he then spent 18 months on loan at Championship side Swansea City.
His impressive performances in South Wales convinced Crystal Palace to pay £18million for his signature in the summer of 2021.
“I felt like it was the right decision for me to move to Palace,” he told Goal in 2021. “I wanted to play regular football at a high level in the Premier League and test myself to see how far I can go.”
The centre-back has since impressed for the Eagles and has deservedly been handed England opportunities by Gareth Southgate.
Like Guehi, Maatsen also made his senior Chelsea debut in the win over Grimsby, but that remains his only appearance for the Blues.
The Netherlands Under-18 international spent 2020-21 on loan at League One side Charlton Athletic and made 35 appearances in all competitions.
He then linked up with fellow Chelsea academy graduate Jake Clarke-Salter on loan at Coventry City and has made a seamless step up the Championship in 2021-22.
The 21-year-old impressed in the left wing-back spot and is now shining on loan at Vincent Kompany’s Championship-topping Burnley. It will be interesting to see what his next move is this summer.
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During Lampard’s time in charge of Chelsea, Anjorin made solitary appearances in the Premier League, FA Cup, League Cup and the Champions League.
But he only made one cameo appearance under Tuchel and went on loan to Lokomotiv Moscow in the Russian Premier League ahead of 2021-22.
The young midfielder made nine appearances and scored a brilliant goal against Marseille in the Europa League before a fractured metatarsal brought his loan spell to a premature end.
He was linked with a permanent move to Southampton in January 2022 but ultimately joined Championship side Huddersfield Town on loan until the end of the season, a move he’s extended for the 2022-23 campaign. However, he hasn’t kicked a ball since September after suffering rotten luck with injuries.
Lamptey was tipped for a bright future at Chelsea and enjoyed an impressive debut against Arsenal in December 2019, helping the Blues come back from 1-0 down to win 2-1.
But the right-back made just two more appearances for the club before rejecting a new contract and joining Brighton in a £4.5million deal in January 2020.
“It was a really tough decision for me to make having been there since a young age,” Lamptey told talkSPORT in 2021. “But after making my debut and the way I did it I felt that I had a taste for senior men’s football and I wanted more of it.”
Despite struggling with injury problems, he is regarded as one of the best young players in the Premier League after breaking through with a series of electric performances in the 2021-22 campaign.
The 22-year-old has been more of a super-sub under Roberto De Zerbi this season and has made just three league starts this season, but he remains a useful player for the Premier League’s biggest overachievers.
Broja came off the bench in the closing stages of a 4-0 win over Everton in March 2020 and is now part of the Blues senior squad.
After scoring 11 goals for Dutch side Vitesse Arnhem in 2020-21, the striker earned himself a season-long loan move to Premier League side Southampton. The Albania international did brilliantly at St. Mary’s last season, which resulted in him returning to the periphery for his parent club.
Unfortunately Broja suffered a season-ending ACL injury back in December. How Chelsea could’ve done with his eye for goal this season.