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Chelsea have just spent the best part of £100million on Romelu Lukaku, but it wasn't that long ago they were under a transfer ban and relying on youth team players to take the club forward.
During the 2019-20 season, former manager Frank Lampard set a record by giving debuts to eight academy talents – the most by any Blues manager in a single season.
Some of those breakthrough stars have continued to flourish in the Chelsea first-team, while others have moved on to pastures new or are out on loan gaining crucial experience.
Daily Star Sport take a look at the eight players given their debuts by Lampard and what they're up to now.
Perhaps Lampard's biggest success story, Mason Mount has established himself as one of the first names on the team-sheet for both Chelsea and England.
The 22-year-old midfielder has stepped out from the shadow of his former boss to become a key player under Thomas Tuchel, playing a vital role in the club's Champions League win last season.
Despite only breaking into the first-team at the start of the 2019-20 season, Mount has already made 111 appearances for his boyhood club, scoring 17 goals and providing 16 assists.
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Reece James has taken a little longer to establish himself in Chelsea's first-team, but now there can now be no doubt about his place as one of Tuchel's go-to lieutenants.
After impressing on loan at Wigan Athletic, Lampard handed the right-back his Blues debut in a Carabao Cup match against Grimsby Town in September 2019.
James showed huge promise straight away, setting up goals for Kurt Zouma and Michy Batshuayi before scoring himself as the Blues won 7-1 at Stamford Bridge.
Like Mount, he also started in last season's Champions League final, and was hailed by Rio Ferdinand for his 'immense' performance in Portugal.
Albanian forward Armando Broja made his Chelsea debut as an 86th minute substitute against Everton in 2020 and is now out on loan at Southampton.
The 19-year-old is highly-rated and has started the current season in good style, netting twice in the Saints' 8-0 Carabao Cup win over Newport and scoring the winner for Albania against Hungary in their World Cup qualifier.
Big things are expected of Broja at Stamford Bridge, but it remains to be seen whether he'll be given the chance to shine in the long-term following the re-signing of Lukaku last month.
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Billy Gilmour has been Chelsea's worst kept secret for a long time, with the cultured midfielder earning rave reviews for his range of passing and command of the play.
The 20-year-old Scottish talent has even drawn comparisons with team-mate N'Golo Kante, but he has some way to go yet to fulfil such early promise.
Since making his debut as an 18-year-old against Sheffield United in 2019, Gilmour has gone onto make 22 appearances for the Blues in all competitions.
He is now out on loan at fellow Premier League side Norwich City, where he is already receiving plaudits as the Canaries bid to stay in the top-flight.
Full-back Tariq Lamptey might end up being the one that got away.
Lampard gave the full-back his Chelsea debut against Arsenal in December 2019 and was repaid with a superb performance from the teenager, showing no end of promise as he bombed up and down the right-hand side at the Emirates.
Despite making a spectacular first impression, the Blues opted to cash in on the highly-rated teenager just over a month later, selling him to Brighton for the bargain price of just £3million.
The 20-year-old enjoyed a magnificent first 12 months on the south coast but has been out injured since December 2020, after picking up a bad hamstring injury against Fulham.
Ian Maatsen might sound like a Chelsea player straight out of the 1990s, but he is in fact a 19-year-old Dutchman who made his Blues debut under Lampard at the start of the 2019-20 season.
Like James, the teenage left-back was also given his Blues debut against Grimsby in 2019, but unlike his defensive colleague has been unable to build on that and nail down a place in the first-team.
Maatsen is a couple of years younger than James though, and is currently getting experience out on loan at Coventry after spending last season with Charlton Athletic.
It's a bit of a shame Marc Guehi never got a chance to show what he could do at Stamford Bridge.
After being given his debut against – yep, you guessed it – Grimsby, the talented centre-half made only one more appearance for Chelsea, against Manchester United in the following round of the competition.
His impressive performances on loan at Swansea City meant potential suitors knew of the 21-year-old's talents, and that helped the west Londoners fetch £18million for him from Crystal Palace during the summer window.
Midfielder Tino Anjorin looks set to become the third member of Lampard's lads to leave Stamford Bridge at the end of the season.
The 19-year-old midfielder joined Lokomotiv Moscow on a season-long loan at the start of this month, with an option to buy.
Anjorin made his debut as a 17-year-old against Grimsby but hasn't featured for the club since January, when he replaced Callum Hudson-Odoi as a late substitute in a 4-0 FA Cup win over Morecambe.
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