Frank Lampard appears to have had enough of Jose Mourinho’s comments about Chelsea over the last few days. The Blues were able to register a stunning 2-0 victory over Spurs on Sunday. Following this defeat, Mourinho claimed that Chelsea were successful because of copying Antonio Conte’s tactics. He later kept criticising Antonio Rudiger for his involvement in the incident that led to a red card for Son Heung-min.
After trying to show sufficient respect to his former manager, Lampard has now retaliated by indirectly slamming Mourinho for failing to keep world-class talents like Kevin de Bruyne, Mohamed Salah, and Romelu Lukaku. In his second spell as the Chelsea manager, Mourinho had several such young talent who were ultimately sold for a paltry sum compared to their current worth. Lampard, though, has categorically stated that he does not want to repeat those mistakes. According to the Guardian, he said:
“If we are not patient and [don’t] stick with the players we might be in a situation [like] before where absolutely top world-class players at this minute have been at Chelsea when they were 20 or 21 and managers maybe did not stick with them so much then.
“I am in a position where I will stick with them.”
The current crop of youngsters at Chelsea has started receiving a lot of plaudits. Tammy Abraham, Mason Mount, Recce James, and Fikayo Tomori are predicted to have incredible futures. After having just secured the long term contracts of Tomori and Mount, Chelsea are keen to sign up Abraham and others on long-term deals. They have shown a great interest in staying at Stamford Bridge, as they have been receiving more opportunities than ever before. Chelsea have always relied on expensive acquisitions rather than promoting from within. It has been the case even when the youth squads have won numerous accolades like the FA Youth Cup.
After back-to-back disappointments against West Ham and Bournemouth, Chelsea were able to return to winning ways with the success over Tottenham. This is only the second league win for Chelsea in the last six games.
Incredibly, the transfer ban that prevented Lampard from signing expensive players in the summer has actually worked to the advantage of these youngsters. Even if Lampard had the idea of promoting young talent from the academy, the success would not have been on such a huge scale. Only 12 months ago, the likes of Abraham, Mount, and Tomori were spending time at lower league clubs on loan deals. Clearly, they have been able to make the transition to the Premier League with little trouble and they have the potential to grow a lot more.
One can only wonder at the progress players like Josh McEachran or Gael Kakuta if they had been provided stable first-team opportunities instead of being flogged out on loan season after season.
Even though loan deals help youngsters get valuable first-team experience in front of a full stadium, it does not provide the stability that they need to grow. Furthermore, they are also likely to train with below-par players at faraway clubs. The advantage of training and playing with world-class players like Willian and N’Golo Kante would certainly help the likes of Mason Mount and Ruben Loftus-Cheek.
Lukaku, De Bruyne, and Salah are worth a combined €375 million, according to transfermrkt, but they were sold for €72 million by Mourinho. Lampard is trying to ensure that these mistakes are not repeated again and he has also given an apt response for the ‘moaning Mourinho’.