Former Arsenal midfielder Paul Merson has predicted that Chelsea “will be dominating English football” in “two or three years” time.
The Blues have had a mixed start to the new Premier League season with three wins from their opening seven matches.
“It’s very rare that the bar gets heightened when you get beat,” Merson told Sky Sports.
“But I think everybody went away from the game after and thought, ‘you know what, we’ve got a bright future here’.
“If you go through some of the players, you don’t know if this has been a plan or they’ve just fallen over it, but you’ve got to give credit to Frank Lampard.
“If they don’t have the transfer embargo and Frank Lampard isn’t the manager these young kids are all out on loan, they’re all out on loan.
“And now they’re all in and they’re all their best players.
“I go through the Chelsea squad and in two or three years this team will be dominating English football, dominating English football.
“If they all stay together, they’ve got so much talent in that club at the moment and they’re all youngsters.
“I think it’s a bright future for Chelsea, I see them getting in the top four, I really do, I think they can get in the top four.
“They just have to tighten up at the back, I think there’s only two teams that have let in more goals than them which is worrying.
“But that will come and I think there is a bright future for Chelsea and it’s all coming together.”