By Adam Shergold for MailOnline
Published: 16:28 GMT, 3 December 2019 | Updated: 16:52 GMT, 3 December 2019
Chelsea manager Frank Lampard described the gap between the club's academy and first team as a 'no man's land' in a prophetic interview nine years ago.
Lampard, appointed in the summer, has given youth its chance amid a transfer embargo at Stamford Bridge with the likes of Tammy Abraham, Mason Mount and Fikayo Tomori flourishing this season.
And the former midfielder, so intimately involved with the club during 13 years there as a player, spoke candidly about the issues aspiring players faced long before he became manager.
An interview Frank Lampard gave to Chelsea TV in 2010 has surfaced in which the then midfielder expresses concerns over the first-team prospects of academy players
Lampard says there is a 'no man's land' between the youth levels and the first team at the club
With the club under a transfer embargo, Lampard has put his faith in youth with some success
In the interview with the club's in-house channel Chelsea TV, Lampard said: 'It's one of my biggest pet hates at the minute in football.
'I think the structure is all wrong below