Chelsea's youth system is known to be one of the best across Europe, churning a large number of young stars season in season out.
The club, however, retains few of those players, with a huge chunk of them going on to shine for other clubs.
John Terry is perhaps the greatest success story from the academy, having developed through the system to lead the club to numerous titles and general success.
There seems to be a change in the air though, with young players from the academy already making a mark with the senior team.
Finally, there is optimism from the fans that some of the 'Young Blue Army' will get the chance to successfully make the jump from the academy to the senior team.
The club's future looks safe and promising, owing to the young players that are already starring for the club, with others loaned to further their growth.
Here are the seven rising stars that can define the Blues' future.
🇬🇧 Mason Mount
Mount joined the club at a tender age of six and scaled the ladders starting from the Under-9 team all through to the Under-17. His rise in the last two season has been phenomenal.
The loan spells he has had with Vitesse and Derby County in the Championship have made him into one of the club's stars. He was drafted into the senior team for the 2019/20 season, and immediately hit the ground running, finding the back of the net twice in the opening four matches of the club.
He has been called to the England squad and possesses the abilities to develop into one of the best midfielders in world football. His intelligence on and off the ball, ability to play multiple positions and his eye for goal make him a rare breed of young footballers across Europe.
🇬🇧 Tammy Abraham
Abraham has been a sojourner in recent seasons, moving from club to club in search of first-team football. It all started in the academy where he scored goals for fun, notably bagging 32 goals in 26 appearances for the youth team in the 2014/15 campaign, his first year as a scholar.
He made the step up and was loaned out to Bristol, where became the highest-scoring teenager in the history of the Championship. He then joined Swansea, even though the loan spell was not successful, but managed to bag eight goals in 39 appearances.
His biggest break could be the 2018/19 season at Aston Villa, where he bagged 26 goals in 40 appearances, becoming the first Villa player to score 20 goals since their last league-winning season of 1980/81.
Lampard would not pass the chance to recall him back to the side, and he is already making a name for himself; four goals in four matches is a good return for a 21-year-old and he can only get better. Finally, Chelsea seem to have gotten the forward they've been craving for years.
🇬🇧 Callum Hudson-Odoi
Odoi hit five goals and four assists for Chelsea last season in what was a breakout campaign for him. He showed how skilful he is with blistering pace and dribbling skills, and his ability to both create and finish is an asset to the club, and soon to the Three Lions.
He has been courted by German giants Bayern Munich, an indication of his obvious qualities. Having extended his stay at the club, he is for sure going to be one of the club's leading stars and a major force for the country. He has been labelled as 'Hazard replacement', and with Lampard at the helm, there is no doubt he will have the chance to develop.
🇬🇧 Reece James
At only 19, James is already an accomplished defender. His leadership abilities have seen him wear the captain's armband in the youth teams, and the club turned down numerous offers from teams ready to take him on loan over the summer, an indication he might play a key role for the senior team.
Many fans have questioned Cezar Azpilcueta's form this new season, with many calling on Lampard to replace him with James once the towering defender is fit. The London-born defender can play in numerous positions due to his power, speed and technical ability and he has been with the club since he was six years old.
He caught the eye last season while playing at Wigan on loan, and was in the Championship's Team of the Year. He sure will become a success story, just like John Terry.
🇬🇧 Fikayo Tomori
It was a dream come true for the 21-year-old, who made his senior debut against Sheffield last weekend. Tomori made a name for himself in the academy and went on to develop into a reliable left central defender. He won Derby County’s Player of the Season award in 2018/19 as he started 54 games under Frank Lampard.
He is strong and his recovery speed and ball-playing ability stand out. He shone during the U21 Euros, where he averaged more passes per game (81.3) than any other player. He has been compared to a prime William Gallas and looks destined for greatness at the club.
🏴 Billy Gilmour
Gilmour joined Chelsea two years ago from Ibrox, Scotland, and has fast become one of the rising stars at the club. He was named in the Uefa Super Cup final squad to face Liverpool, and most recently made his debut for the senior team, replacing goalscorer Tammy Abraham with eight minutes to play at Stamford Bridge.
A talented midfielder, Gilmour has shown his excellent skills throughout the past two seasons with the Blues, helping them win the FA Youth Cup and getting to the UEFA Youth League final.
The 18-year-old has been compared to a young Steven Gerrard, and with Lampard showing a willingness to trust his younger players in his Chelsea system, the attacking midfielder might be the face of football at the Bridge just like Lampard was.
🏴 Ethan Ampadu
Ampadu comes from a footballing family, his father; Kwame Ampadu is a former Arsenal, Swansea City, Leyton Orient and Exeter City player. Already a fully-fledged national team player for the Welsh team, Ampadu has been a revelation in recent seasons.
A versatile defender who can comfortably play in midfield made his debut under Antonio Conte, before becoming a regular under Maurizio Sarri last season. He was shipped out on loan to RB Leipzig this season to continue his development, but having already shown what he can do at the club, he will definitely have his time.
Special mention to some other stars including Juan Castillo, George McEachran, Jay Dasilva, and Conor Gallagher, who did not make the above list.
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