Chelsea News: Four youngsters to break into Lampard’s first team next season

One of the hallmarks of Frank Lampard’s debut season as Chelsea boss is the amount of youngsters who have come through to the first team.

Mason Mount, Tammy Abraham and Fikayo Tomori all have played major parts in the squad, with Billy Gilmour also emerging as a top talent.

Meanwhile, Ian Maatsen, Tino Anjorin and Armando Broja have all been given first team appearances by Lampard.

The future is looking bright at the Blues, with the signings of Timo Werner and Hakim Ziyech, while they are getting closer to a move for Kai Havertz.

But who are the next crop of youngsters to potentially come through and play a part in the 2020/21 season?

Lewis Bate

It has been a real rise for Lewis Bate this season, with the youngster having played his first UEFA Youth League match for the U19s and featuring for the Development Squad.

Then since the lockdown, the 17-year-old has been training with the first team and was even named on the bench for the Sheffield United defeat.

Bate is another central midfielder, but with a slight difference in that he is predominately left footed, and can be a creative hub in the middle of the park.

Adept with the ball at his feet, Bate has similarities to Jack Wilshere in his playing style, and has impressed the coaching staff since football returned.

Valentino Livramento

The Blues have produced some talented players in recent years, and Valentino Livramento is another who certainly fits that bill.

Another 17-year-old, Livramento can play up and down the right wing, either in an attacking position or at full-back.

Livramento has real pace, which is something that has really aided him going forward, but with the recovery pace to get back.

Like Bate, Livramento has been part of the first team training since lockdown, but could see his position blocked with the emergence of Reece James.

Henry Lawrence

A technically gifted player, Henry Lawrence has shown himself to be a real versatile player through the youth teams.

He has featured on the wing, in central midfielder, full-back and also in defence of a back three.

The 18-year-old’s versatility could be a great asset to the Blues in the long term, with his ability on the ball.

Lawrence played in the behind-closed-doors friendlies in the short pre-season, and impressed with his performances.

Dynel Simeu

There are certainly some question marks over the Blues’s defence this season and where they strengthen.

Chelsea have had the most goals conceded inside the top ten and so it is an area which Lampard will be hoping to strengthen.

Simeu has been excellent at the back for the youth teams this season, and is seen one of the top defensive prospects at the club.

Like the others, Simeu has been part of the first team training, and is expected to play a part in the future of the first team.

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