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Lamps tips ‘elegant’ teenage star to shine

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With new Chelsea boss Andre Villas-Boas having previously stated he would not take reputation into account when picking his strongest XI, it is imperative for players to impress the Portuguese during pre-season.

It certainly makes for a healthy working environment that senior pros and young upstarts are currently on a level playing field, as the Blues attempt to fight for glory both domestically and on the continent next season.

Frank Lampard will no doubt continue to play an integral part during the new campaign, and is well versed when it comes to the rigours of impressing a recently appointed manager.

The England midfielder has worked under no fewer than eight managers during his ten-year stint at Stamford Bridge and he hopes he is sending out the right signals to Villas-Boas.

"You want to impress, I do at 33 as much as I would have done at 22, simple as that," said Lampard. "I read some stuff about how he has to gain our respect instantly and it's never like that at football clubs.

 

"We're here to impress him and want to make the group successful, we'll always respect the manager.

"We all want to do well here and we have a strong squad. If the manager adds to it, we'll all be happy, I certainly will be, so that remains to be seen until the end of the window."

Another player who will be vying for a spot in Villas-Boas' midfield next term is Josh McEachran, and Lampard believes the 18-year-old is ready to grab any opportunity that comes his way.

"Josh gives something in the middle of the park, a great elegance in the way he plays," Lampard added. "He can see balls, play a pass and is stronger than what his frame looks like it would be. He'll be a top player.

"He's probably not going to play 50 games this season but you can see already he'll be involved a lot more and that's great for him.

"We've trained with him for a couple of years now and from the moment he stepped in you could see he had that ability to receive it, and people respected him straight away."


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