Chelsea have been far from the glorious club they were lately, but the future looks quite bright for Frank Lampard's team judging by how their youngsters have performed since the start of the season.
The Blues lost their biggest star in Eden Hazard this summer, but Lampard trusted the young guns to step up and lead the team and so far, it's definitely paid off for the boss.
Hence, Ross Barkley thinks these young players are the key to Chelsea's success, not only because they're extremely talented, but also because they're mentally strong and have the winning mindset a team needs to thrive:
"Everyone is positive and confident after the goals were shared out amongst the team. The young lads have done really well for England and Chelsea youth teams over the years, winning trophies. They have got the winning mentality this club needs. For them to come into the side at such a young age and do so well, it’s great times for the club, the fans and the future as well," Barkley told Chelsea's official website.
Moreover, the midfielder claimed it's not a surprise to see them perform so well, as they've been doing great things with the team's academy for a very long time, and they've been perfectly managed on their way to the first team:
“I’m not surprised at how they’ve done, because you can see the quality they have got. Some were out on loan and proved to the manager and his assistant, Jody Morris who has worked with the younger lads, what they’re capable of. It’s the perfect timing for the young lads to show what they can do, and they have done that since the start of the season," Barkley added.
Also, Barkley discussed Callum Hudson-Odoi's growth, as the wonderkid was finally able to come back from an injury and looks poised to continue his breakout with the Blues as one of the most promising players in the world:
"Last season he was growing with the minutes he was getting, and the goals he was getting. The more he was on the pitch you could see he was getting better and better. He had a little setback but now he’s back and looking extra sharp. He has been putting the extra yards in training. On Wednesday he was a bit frustrated because he could have had a hat-trick, but it was good to see him back playing the full 90 and scoring as well," Barkley concluded.
Ironically, it looks like all Chelsea needed to do to go back to their winning ways was to stop spending money and just giving the guys on their own yard a chance to prove their worth.