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'There's too much of a no man's land between youth level and the first team': Prophetic Frank Lampard interview from 2010 surfaces in which Chelsea boss reveals his concerns about prospects of academy stars Chelsea TV interview from 2010 shows Lampard concerned about prospects for young players in the club's academy Lampard, then a Chelsea player, says there is a gap between the youth ranks and the first-team and describes it as a 'pet hate' He mentions Josh McEachran, an academy star who couldn't hold down a first-team place and was sent out on five loan spells As Chelsea coach this season, Lampard has placed his faith in young players Likes of Tammy Abraham, Mason Mount and Fikayo Tomori have impressed 

By Adam Shergold for MailOnline

Published: 16:28 GMT, 3 December 2019 | Updated: 16:52 GMT, 3 December 2019

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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

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

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

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

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