Chelsea manager Frank Lampard has urged the club’s youngster to step-up this season so as the club will be able to count on them.
Lampard is prepared to give a number of younger players the opportunity to prove their worth this season following the ban from FIFA, that restricts Chelsea from signing in two transfer windows.
But Lampard says opportunities will only be given to those who can “make the difference".
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The former Derby said: “Everybody knows I have a keen eye for the young players the Academy has produced. We now have a batch of them that are fighting to get into the first team.
“To be absolutely clear they now have to make the difference. It's a road, it's a pathway that is given to them, and they now have to be the ones who play well enough to get into the team.
“I don't care about age, I just care about performance and how people train and play. It's up to those young players to show what they can do.”
Chelsea will begin the campaign with a trip to Old Trafford to face Manchester United.