sport news The kids Chelsea will call on: Frank Lampard's eight academy talents in line ...

Chelsea manager Frank Lampard is only one game into his reign as boss - but is already facing questions on his use of young players.

With a transfer embargo preventing the signing of new faces from elsewhere, Lampard has called upon Chelsea's lauded academy to bolster his first-team squad.

But his selection turned sour on the Premier League's opening weekend as questions were raised about Tammy Abraham and Mason Mount in Chelsea's 4-0 defeat by - and European champions Liverpool are up next.

Chelsea boss Frank Lampard has vowed to play his younger squad members this season

Chelsea boss Frank Lampard has vowed to play his younger squad members this season

The shirts of Reece James, Mason Mount, Callum Hudson-Odoi, Fikayo Tomori, Jamie Cumming, Tammy Abraham, Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Andreas Christensen hang in the Chelsea dressing room at Stamford Bridge

The shirts of Reece James, Mason Mount, Callum Hudson-Odoi, Fikayo Tomori, Jamie Cumming, Tammy Abraham, Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Andreas Christensen hang in the Chelsea dressing room at Stamford Bridge

Lampard is backing the kids to improve as the season goes on and has included as many as eight in his first-team plans - plus 18-year-old Billy Gilmour who joins the squad for Wednesday night's UEFA Super Cup clash in Istanbul.

He joins Mount, Abraham, Reece James, Callum Hudson-Odoi, Fikayo Tomori, Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Andreas Christensen and Jamie Cumming as part of the crew raised at Cobham attempting to breathe new life into this Chelsea team.

Here, Sportsmail looks at the academy products hoping to follow in John Terry's footsteps and establish themselves.

Fikayo Tomori

Tomori, the 21-year-old tough-tackling centre back, is currently looked at as one of the Chelsea academy's most-promising prospects.

He has been at the club for 14 years having first joined at Under-8 level but has only just been considered as a player who could break into the Blues first team, due to the club being hit with a two-window transfer ban.

Tomori, like much of Chelsea's academy, has been a serial loanee - most notably at Derby last season, under Lampard, where he played in all-but three games of their campaign across three competitions.

He scored an own goal in a 3-2 defeat by his parent club in the Carabao Cup - but went on to be named as Derby's player of the year after an outstanding campaign helped them to the brink of promotion from the Championship.

Tomori is still highly thought of and made the bench for the trip to Manchester on Sunday. He is likely to be Chelsea's fourth-choice centre back this season.

Tomori has been at the club for 14 years having first joined at under-eight level

Tomori has been at the club for 14 years having first joined at under-eight level

Mason Mount

The creative 20-year-old midfielder, who has been hailed in some circles as the next coming of his current manager, has been at Chelsea since the age of six.

But similar to Tomori Mount has only looked like a first-team threat this season even though Gareth Southgate included him in his England senior squad while he was on loan at Derby.

Mount spent the 2017-18 season out on loan at Vitesse and impressed in Holland before his year at Derby under Lampard which saw him score 11 goals.

And despite Jose Mourinho's criticism he looked like one of Chelsea's brighter sparks in the 4-0 defeat at Old Trafford on Sunday.

Mount looked like one of the few good Blues players in their 4-0 opening weekend loss

Mount looked like one of the few good Blues players in their 4-0 opening weekend loss

Tammy Abraham

Abraham, the towering 21-year-old striker, has been looked at by many as the solution to Chelsea's striker problems after the struggles of Gonzalo Higuain and Alvaro Morata last year.

His loan spells at Bristol City and Aston Villa in the Championship, sandwiching a difficult Premier League campaign with Swansea City, have given a taster of his talents with 62 goals scored for club and country across three seasons. 

The new Blues No 9 has been highly praised by Lampard and also scored against Barcelona in pre-season.

Like Mount, the Chelsea fans got a glimpse of Abraham as he started in the Blues' 4-0 defeat by United, hitting the post before being substituted for Olivier Giroud.

Chelsea supporters will hope he can find prolific form to find them the 20 goals-a season forward they need.

Abraham has been looked at by many as the solution to Chelsea's striker problems

Abraham has been looked at by many as the

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