Frank Lampard has praised Andre Villas-Boas’ moves in the transfer window this summer, with the midfielder arguing the club have found the perfect mixture of youth and experience.

So far Chelsea have made six signings this summer, and of those, Juan Mata is the oldest newcomer at 23-years-old.

And Lampard believes that this shows an intent by Villas-Boas to create long term goals for Chelsea as well as keeping the side challenging with the best this season.

"You can't buy experience," Lampard said.

"We are introducing that youth in the signings we've made and with some of the players we have here already.

"I know for a fact the manager won't be scared to throw them in and play them in important games because there is a lot of trust in the players.

"Age is something people throw in when you have a bad game or a bad result and it's an easy answer. The answer will be seen at the end of the season."


Mata scored in injury-time for Chelsea on his debut over the weekend, as the Blues defeated Norwich 3-1 at Stamford Bridge. Romelu Lukaku also made his first appearance for the side, coming on for Fernando Torres in the 83rd minute.

With youngsters Lucas Piazon and Thibaut Courtois out on loan, and Oriol Romeu available for selection, Villas-Boas has a plethora of youth to work with over the coming campaigns.

And the selection options will be particularly beneficial for the Chelsea manager at the end of the international break, with the Blues facing Sunderland and then Bayer Leverkusen in a Champions League match on Tuesday night, before a clash with champions Manchester United.

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