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Frank Lampard rewarded for trust in young guns following opening day defeat to Manchester United

Chelsea head coach Frank Lampard has insisted that even if he didn't have a transfer ban when arriving at the club, he would have utilised the academy prospects the same as he has so far this season.

It has been a revelation at the club this term since his appointment. Transfer embargo or not, it has seen Tammy Abraham, Mason Mount, Fikayo Tomori and Reece James flourish on the biggest of stages, with a few getting England call-ups this season.

A difference in strategy from spending millions, albeit it has been out of their hands, Frank Lampard has been rewarded for his trust in the youngsters. 

And the Chelsea head coach is adamant that he would have trusted the young players to perform even if he didn't have a transfer ban.

"I joke a bit but there is a lot of noise, win, lose or draw; selection, whatever 11 I pick,” said Lampard.

"With this big wide world of social media we have now it will be dissected and people will have different opinions and some people who are ex-players or ex-managers will have different opinions.

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"I set out this season to see what these young boys could do. If I didn’t have a transfer ban and came to this club and had opportunities to bring players in during the summer, I still would have trusted the young boys and would have made decisions around that."

After the opening day 4-0 defeat to Manchester United in the Premier League, it would have been easy for Frank Lampard to throw the towel in and to look back for the experience in the side, but suggests he would've looked like a 'flip-flopper'."

“For me to have thrown that away after one game at Manchester United and a few opinions, that would have made me a bit of a flip-flopper. That’s part of the process for a young player, isn’t it? They have to feel you believe in them."

Frank Lampard was once a young player at Stamford Bridge, who developed from a young man into a club legend, leaving behind an emphatic legacy in West London, and he has been rewarded for his patience with his younger members of the squad. 

"I remember my managers giving me that sense they believed in me and stuck with me, because everybody will have a bad game or an off day.

"I think that’s part of my job, to give all my players belief, but particularly the young ones who are playing their first games or whatever at Old Trafford.

"I didn’t even have to speak to the players individually after that. It was ‘onto the next one’, onto the Super Cup at the time, and let’s try and be successful, and since then they’ve been good."