Currently sitting in fourth place, one point behind third, Frank Lampard will compete for his Chelsea team to watch the remaining matches in order to qualify for next season’s Champions League competition.
When Lampard joined Derby County last summer, there were few expectations, especially given their transfer ban which prohibited the club from signing a professional contract.
After a difficult start in the first few months, Lampard has caught up with his new crop of players and has begun to integrate tomorrow’s promising generation. Criticized in the past for not giving young people a chance, the English coach has received – out of necessity – a platform to bleed these young people.
Tammy Abraham, Mason Mount, Reece James, Callum Hudson-Odoi, Fikayo Tomori and Billy Gilmour are the recipients of the Lampard project to bring young people through and even on a consistent basis. Sure, Hudson-Odoi broke in before Lampard was in his current position, but he appeared handsomely under English.
In the past few months before COVID-19, Gilmour was the last young star to join the first team, having been remarkably impressive for the U-23 team during the season.
The young Scottish international showed his talent in abundance in the short period he was with his elders, showing up nine times in all competitions and accumulating just over 400 minutes of football.
While Chelsea’s transfer ban has expired and both Hakim Ziyech and Timo Werner have already entered as two world-class purchases, Lampard has reassured those young players that they will likely continue to be there if they show their quality.
A fourth place finish is an absolute minimum for the Blues season after season, with Lampard expected to start in his second campaign and win some silverware, especially the Premier League.
While the competition is at the highest levels in Manchester City and Liverpool, Lampard has shown he can beat Pep Guardiola’s team, as he has done since the return of football which, in turn, has given the Reds confirmation of their first Premier title. League.
One area on which Lampard has yet to improve is left behind, with aging Marcos Alonso perhaps reaching the end of his time at Stamford Bridge. There were rumors that there were discussions with Alex Telles of FC Porto, which is worth around £ 35 million, but no progress has been made so far.
But candidate number one is Ben Chilwell of Leicester City, who has had a stellar season with the Foxes and is currently their competitor to secure third place. The English left back is now a regular in England under Gareth Southgate, which makes the transfer commercially viable.
If Lampard manages to put his team together and bring a substitute left behind for Alonso, there are the ingredients of a team that, in his day, can tiptoe with the best of them.