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Former Chelsea player Tony Cascarino has told talkSPORT that this current crop of Blues players can be like Manchester United’s Class of 92.

What did he say?

Sir Alex Ferguson’s famous Red Devils academy graduates have now gone down in Premier League history, helping the Scot to 13 Premier League titles along the way.

Chelsea, of course, have their own group of youngsters who are already beginning to make a big impression in English football themselves. And Cascarino believes that they can emulate United’s revered group.

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He said, “Chelsea have got an amazing array of talent.

“The [Class of] 92 at Manchester United, what happened at that football club, Sir Alex Ferguson saw that and went with it. That’s what Frank Lampard is doing at Chelsea.”

Lampard the vital component

A number of the players Manchester United produced went on to have fantastic careers and they also helped the Old Trafford outfit during their most successful years. David Beckham, Nicky Butt, Ryan Giggs, Gary Neville, Phil Neville and Paul Scholes have all gone down in the club’s folklore.

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Whilst they will have trouble replicating 13 league titles, there is no reason why this current crop cannot go on to play big roles in their team’s future successes. Tammy Abraham, Mason Mount and Fikayo Tomori were all part of the Blues’ 2015/16 UEFA Youth League victory, whilst Chelsea have also produced several players for the various England age groups.

For them to be a success, though, it is vital that Frank Lampard stays as the team’s manager. He has started off this revolution in south-west London, albeit thanks to a transfer ban which has alleviated some of the pressure most managers are usually riddled with. His confidence in the young guns will be essential for the players moving forward, and is one of the reasons why they have performed well up until this point.

Ferguson was at the 20-time English champions throughout his group’s development, and that is what Lampard needs to do too. Another manager will not have the same privileged position that the former Derby County man has, nor the time and patience.

Together, they can achieve great things, but apart, it may be a different story.


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Jonathan Radcliffe