Frank Lampard has been lauded for his willingness to give youngsters a chance this season in his first campaign as Chelsea boss.
Several players have come through the academy and are now getting their opportunity in the first team, while some senior players have also added experience.
Lampard is certainly building something at Stamford Bridge and will be hoping that he will get the time to continue his project over the course of many seasons.
But which of the current first team squad could play a big part of that future?
Here, football.london takes a look at those who should be part of the long-term plan (three years or more) and who shouldn’t.
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Kepa Arrizabalaga – Contract ends in 2025
Kepa has a long-term contract, but that doesn’t necessarily mean that he is going to be the number one option for the future. Will he last three more seasons? Probably not. No
Willy Caballero – 2020
A player who has come in well at times as the second choice goalkeeper, however at 38 there is no doubt he isn’t going to a long-term goalkeeper at the club. No
Jamie Cumming – 2023
Certainly one for the future, however next season it is likely he will head out on loan to get more first team experience. Yes
Chelsea during the break
Antonio Rudiger – 2022
A player who, at the moment, will be a key member of the squad and it is likely the Blues will want him to be a key part of the future as well. Yes
Marcos Alonso – 2023
Was excellent as the left wing-back option in Antonio Conte’s title-winning season and has shown flashes of that this season. However, it’s unlikely that he is a long-term left-back option. No
Andreas Christensen – 2022
Some question marks about his future and if he is to be the long-term centre-back for the Blues. The club might to look to move him on for a good fee. No