Chelsea manager Frank Lampard wants his young players to thrive under the pressure of the club’s new 230million signings, rather than fear the competition.
The Blues have invested heavily in summer transfer window with six major signings as Frank Lampard backed by Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich to recruit his squad ahead of next campaign.
Chelsea started with signed Hakim Ziyech from Ajax with £37million before completed the signing of Timo Werner from RB Leipzig with £57million.
Ben Chilwell become Blues third major signings with £50million from Leicester before Thiago Silva and Malang Sarr joined west London club on a free transfer.
Kai Havertz, became their record signing as he arrived in a deal worth up to £90m from Bayer Leverkusen, while Edouard Mendy is also closer to complete his switch to Stamford Bridge after the Blues reach £20m agreement Rennes over the 28-year-old goalkeeper.
Last season, Frank Lampard was heavily reliant on young players, due in part to the club’s transfer ban. Academy graduates likeTammy Abraham, Mason Mount, Fikayo Tomori and Reece James were all brought into the fold, but will all have world-class competition for their places this season.
Abraham will have to complete with Werner, Mount with Havertz and Tomori will have legendary Brazilian Thiago Silva coming for his spot in the starting XI.
But despite the numerous changes coming, Frank Lampard is adamant that his youngsters will see it as a challenge rather than a threat.
Speaking on Friday, he conceded that he might opt to speak with some of the fringe-level players to reassure them of their places in the squad, while drawing on his own experience as a player at the club.
‘Sometimes you feel fit to speak to players depending on their personality, other times not,’ Lampard said.
‘With me, I just saw it as a challenge. I referenced that before that when players come in to add to the squad, they might be in similar positions to you or not, but it lifts the team.
‘It should lift the team. The players with the right mentality will up their game, make friends with the player, make them feel welcome and try to work within the squad as well as they can with them. ‘Hopefully, you see levels raised throughout the squad.
‘I think that is something that did occur in those times. I was a young player, so was John (Terry), so were others in the group and I think that the core of young players in that group did react and we managed to form a good group going forward.
‘I expect them to be excited by the challenge of playing in this squad this year. I think we are searching for a story here. I don’t see it in those direct, competitive situations that we a retrying to find.
‘In a modern-day squad, much more than 17 years ago when we were talking about before, needs to have flexibility, needs to have competition. I don’t think we need to find direct battles at this point of the season, no.
‘The team needs to be flexible. A lot of the time I am talking about players who can play in a variety of different positions, which is always great for the manager.
‘I just see it as a group which is hopefully stronger than last year. And the players try to give everything for the team game after game.’