Frank Lampard has insisted that he will work closely with the Chelsea academy graduates
Chelsea agreed on personal terms with Ajax’s Hakim Ziyech, and the Moroccan midfielders will join the Blues for the next season.
The London club did not spend a single penny in the January transfer window, although they were expected to. This means that Lampard will have quite a sum to invest in the next transfer window.
No one knows if, and when, the transfer window will open. However, if it does, Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich is likely to back Lampard in the market.
However, Abramovich might receive unexpected help from the Chelsea youth squad. The academy has produced talents who might break into the first team.
1. Conor Gallagher
Gallagher is on loan this season and has impressed so far. He is currently on loan with Swansea City and is pushing for a promotion to the Premier League. Gallagher has shown his goalscoring abilities with Charlton during the first half of the season. He can become a handy box-to-box midfielder who would chip in important goals.
Chalobah is one of the players Huddersfield Town are relying on to save them from relegation. Naturally a central defender, he has evolved into a defensive midfielder during his two years at Huddersfield.
If Chelsea indeed sell Kepa Arrizabalaga, they might fill in his place with Nathan Baxter. He has spent several years on loan now and has impressed everywhere.
Anjorin has already made his first-team debut in the Carabao Cup game against Grimsby Town. The 18-year-old could be a decent number 10 for the future and has the physical build and skill to be a real success for the club if he continues to develop.
Maatsen also made his debut against Grimsby Town and showed a lot of potentials. With Lampard not impressed with Marcos Alonso and Emerson, he might get more chances. The 17-year-old Dutch youngster has great attacking instincts and it will be interesting how things work out in the summer transfer window.