David Luiz has thrown down the gauntlet for Chelsea’s youth stars ahead of what could be a challenging season at Stamford Bridge next season.
What’s being said?
Upon being appointed Chelsea manager, Frank Lampard vowed to allow the youth stars more game time in the first-team if they can prove their worth.
And Luiz has taken it a step further, challenging the youth players to ‘open the door’ for themselves next season.
“Every single one, they have the quality, already, to play for this club. I have to do my role as a senior player just trying to help them and also to do my job.”
“I think when you’re young you have to think about you opening the door – not the door opening for you. The young players have to work in this mentality. Because life is not easy.” (Source: Football London)
Luiz is right in his assessment of the youth players, who need to be ready to step up and work hard in order to earn their spots in the Chelsea first-team, ‘open the door’ for yourselves as the Brazilian puts it.
Senior-level football is much more difficult than youth level, and that can be seen in the lack of appearances in the first-team for young players at Chelsea.
After the inconsistency of the Chelsea senior players last season, you’d expect more youth players to be given a chance next season. However, chances won’t come by so easily for the youth players, who need to stand up and show their worth next season.