Frank Lampard calls Chelsea Academy star for match against Sheffield United


Chelsea boss light on midfielder options before final games (Photo: Getty)

Frank Lampard is expected to include Chelsea academy starlet Lewis Bate as part of Saturday’s game against Sheffield United after suffering a double midfield injury.

The Blues will be deprived of N’Golo Kante and Billy Gilmour for the clash at Bramall Lane, the latter being excluded for four months after having required a knee operation.

Kante, meanwhile, stays away from a hamstring injury, Mateo Kovacic has just recovered from an Achilles injury and Jorginho has yet to start a game since the start of the season .

Billy Gilmour at Chelsea FC v Everton FC - Premier League

Gilmour will miss the start of the 2020/21 season with a knee injury (Photo: Getty)

This saw Lampard again turn to the thriving Chelsea Academy for reinforcements, with reporting that young midfielder Bate will travel to Sheffield with the rest of the team.

The 17-year-old has been a regular on the under-18 and under-23 teams this season and is widely regarded as the most promising player in his age group at the club.

He has been training with the first team since the lockout restrictions began to loosen, Lampard clearly designating him as a player for the future – although the Chelsea boss didn’t expect to do so soon.

Speaking recently about his involvement in the formation of the first team, Bate told the Chelsea official website: “I was sitting in my garden with my family and received a call from the club doctor telling me that I should come for a Covid-19 test the next day because I joined the bubble of the first team.

“I thought it would be just in case they needed us, but within two days I joined the small group training at Cobham. We started working on fitness because the first team already had a week of training on us, but after a week, we all got together and it has been consistent ever since.

Lewis Bate de Chelsea pendant Aston Villa U18 v Chelsea U18 - Premier League U18

Bate, on the right, could form the bench for nine Chelsea players for Saturday’s game (Photo: Getty)

“I have trained with them four times in the normal season and the pace and quality are high, but training with them day after day only emphasizes the quality they have – even after three months without playing! It was a good experience and playing with the world class players we have will only make us better footballers.

“Kante is a central midfielder like me and I learn from him – the way he behaves on and off the field is good. One day, I will be on the same team as him in training and the next day, I will be against him trying to play like the opponent, which will only make me a better player because I have to increase my game. ”

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