Bright Blues: Four youngsters for the future
The Chelsea Academy Dev squad team with the 2019/2020 Premier League 2 Trophy (Photo: Clive Howes/Getty Images).

It's no secret that Frank Lampard's first season at Chelsea was headlined by his injection of youth and academy players. 

But now moving into his second season of Premier League management, the 42-year-old will have to make a difficult decision - that being whether or not he gives the same amount of time to youth prospects trying to break into the first team. 

With the summer additions of Hakim Ziyech, Timo Werner, Ben Chilwell, Kai Havertz etc., it'll become increasingly hard for Chelsea's youngsters to grab a spot in the first team. 

Therefore, we might not see as many academy players make it into the squad this season. However, here's some that might have a chance in the upcoming years and manage to make Frank's plans.

  • Conor Gallagher - Midfielder

Youth prospect Conor Gallagher is certainly one for the future. At just 20 years old, and with experienced loan spells with Charlton Athletic and Swansea City in the past two seasons, he is definitely a player that'll be on Frank's radar in the future.

Having represented England at all levels - including U-17s, where he won the 2017 U17s World Cup alongside stars Jadon Sancho, Phil Foden and Callum Hudson-Odoi, Gallagher is a self-described "box-to-box midfielder" and is able to defend and attack extremely well. 

After his first month with Charlton having scored 3 goals in 6 games, he won the English Football League's Young Player of the Month award for August 2019.

Charlton manager Lee Bowyer told BBC Sport back in August 2019 that Gallagher was "an all-round midfielder." "His work-rate is unreal, he puts his foot in for tackles and he can also see a pass."

  • Billy Gilmour - Midfielder, No.23

Despite only being 19-years-old, Billy Gilmour already seems accustomed to the Chelsea squad having only been introduced at the start of last season. 

The Scotsman proved instrumental in beating an experienced Liverpool side in the FA Cup last year - putting in arguably the best performance of his young Chelsea career against The Reds defensive midfielder Fabinho

Unfortunately for Gilmour, he was injured towards the end of the season and was out for a prolonged period after a knee surgery. With that behind him now however, it won't be long before he gets back into the squad on matchdays.

Whilst he hasn't made his debut for Scotland's first team internationally, he has represented the country well at an Under-21s level, scoring one goal in his first 12 games from his natural defensive midfielder role. 

  • Tino Anjorin - Midfielder, No.55

You might know Tino Anjorin from his Chelsea first team debut when he replaced Pedro for the final 25 minutes of Chelsea's 7-1 Carabao Cup victory over Grimsby Town

However, Anjorin has been tearing up the Premier League 2 alongside the Chelsea Under-23 squad. In just 11 of the 18 total games, he scored five goals and bagged four assists in some truly dominant displays of talent. 

Primarily an attacking midfielder, Anjorin is the one on this list most likely hurt by the recent additions made by the Blues, especially with Havertz joining the side. 

However, it's not out of the question to see Anjorin make the move up to the first team soon, especially considering many argue he has one of the highest ceilings in the entire Academy. 

  • Armando Broja - Striker (On loan at Vitesse)

Armando Broja could be absolutely key for Frank Lampard's plans in a few years time. Having just turned 19 only a week ago, the young Albanian already has a great reputation at the club's academy level as a prolific goalscorer. 

Scoring nine goals in nine games for Chelsea's Under-18s squad in the U-18 Premier League season, as well as bagging five goals and four assists in just four FA Youth Cup games is an incredible tally for someone so young.

Whilst Werner has arrived in London, and academy graduate Tammy Abraham looks to solidify his place in the starting XI, Broja will continue to hone his craft in the Eredivisie this season where he's out on loan with Vitesse

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