Chelsea started the 2020/21 Premier League season, in not so desired fashion. The loss to Liverpool and then a come back in the 3-3 draw with West Brom resulted in a rough patch for Lampard.
However, the Blues defeated Crystal Palace 4-0 at Stamford Bridge for a reversal of faith. New signing Ben Chilwell opened up the scoring while Edouard Mendy made his debut between the sticks.
While the day was good at the office, it showed some important decisions for Lampard to make. These will go on to create the required stability for the team come the month of January.
Long term midfield plan for Chelsea
In the game against Palace, Frank went for a double pivot midfield of N’Golo Kante and Jorginho. Recently, both of them for their respective issues stayed out of starting eleven. However, the manager restored faith in them.
Mateo Kovacic was a surprise omission, considering his class displays under his tenure. This went on to show that Lampard in search of a definite midfield pair for his plans ahead.
Further, the club has loaned out Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Callum Gallagher. Two midfielders set to impress in their spell out and fight for a first-team berth in near future. This will give the manager a handful of options to work in January of next year.
Left-backs needs to be sold at Chelsea
Ben Chilwell’s transfer is sure to put an ax on Marcos Alonso and Emerson. Although neither of them moved this summer, it is quite clear that the left-backs needs to be sold in the winter market.
Marcos Alonso is still a prominent figure in a three-man backline but quite a drastic player in a defense of four. Plus, he’s reportedly carrying a strained relationship with Lampard. Emerson is also an out of favor player in his boss’s books.
Chilwell does carry an injury problem from Leicester but is a reliable figure in full fitness. So, there is no chance of others getting minutes on the left flank. Frank would rather like a young player in the future to play as a backup to Ben in seasons to come.
Loan moves for Gilmour and Tomori
With new addition in the squad, Frank Lampard should make sure the top prospects of the club get some game minutes. Loan moves for Billy Gilmour and Fikayo Tomori are necessary.
Both played some crucial roles for Lampard’s side last season. Tomori anchored the defense well while Gilmour shined in the midfield in the star player’s absence or replacement.
Loan spells out of the club in January will surely help both’s growth and progress in their career. So slowly and maturely they become a significant member of the first team. Chelsea needs to keep these two talents for the long term.