Cesar Azpilicueta sends message to Chelsea’s young players at start of January transfer window

Cesar Azpilicueta has backed Chelsea’s young players to find consistency as the season progresses and has delivered a reminder of just how far the likes of Mason Mount, Tammy Abraham and Fikayo Tomori have come in a short space of time.

With speculation surrounding a number of possible signings in the January transfer window, the young players may face far stiffer competition for minutes should Frank Lampard strengthen

The captain, who scored the opening goal of the decade in yesterday’s 1-1 draw away to Brighton, believes there is big room for improvement after a lack of clinical finishing cost Frank Lampard’s team all three points.

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However, Azpilicueta is confident that they can overcome their streak run and their lack of ruthlessness in key moments.

“We cannot forget where most of them were last season,” he said. “They were playing in different environments and circumstances. It is their first year in the Premier League and they are doing amazingly well, it is part of the process and we need to keep it all together.

“We are very happy that after the hard work from the academy coaches and staff that these young lads are having their opportunities. Some are coming back from loans; some are from the academy and directly now with us. It is part of their progress and I am sure that they will keep us growing as a team.”

That did not stop him from being disappointed by the manner in which the Blues threw two points away at the Amex and he was not willing to use post-Christmas fatigue as an excuse.

“We controlled the game,” Azpilicueta added. “We scored the first one and we could have killed the game in the first 45 minutes we were much better than them but we were not able to do it. Then, we lost a bit of control and Kepa made good saves to get at least a point from the game.

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