Chelsea opinion: How Chelsea could shape up under Frank Lampard
This is some very exciting news for Chelsea fans, as Lampard is arguably the club’s greatest player ever. Not many players will be received as warmly at their former clubs like Lampard.
The Chelsea legend was one of the outstanding midfielders of his generation. He scored an incredible 177 goals and provided 102 assists in 609 appearances from the midfield during his time in the Premier League, most of which was spent at Stamford Bridge.
Lampard was known for his versatility. A box-to-box midfielder, Lampard had a keen eye for goal, always finding spaces in the box and having the technique to shoot from range with both feet.
He has worked under some great managers like Claudio Ranieri, Jose Mourinho, Carlo Ancelotti, Fabio Capello and others. He must use all of that knowledge and find the best ideas that he inherited from them and bring about his own vision.
There has been a season’s worth of work at Derby County and Lampard has impressed. Let’s see what changes we can expect for Chelsea in this new era:
Integration of younger players
Lampard inherited an ageing squad at Derby County but quickly got some young players on loan like Harry Wilson, Mason Mount and Fikayo Tomori. Tomori and Mount were on loan from Chelsea and could see themselves finally get a chance in the first-team.
There’s also the likes of Tammy Abraham, who was part of the Aston Villa team that knocked out Lampard’s Derby in the playoff final. All of these players can be more hopeful of chances now.
Flexibility with formations
Lampard usually played a 4-5-1 or a 4-3-3 formation with the Rams and had the second-best team in terms of ‘pressing’ in the Championship after Leeds.
They also kept possession of the ball in most games but as seen in the playoff game against Leeds, they were fine surrendering some possession in order to leave Leeds’ press futile, which ultimately led to their 4-2 win in at Elland Road.
Bravery and passion
Lampard’s Derby showed great character in the Carabao Cup, impressing against top Premier League opposition in Manchester United, who they beat on penalties at Old Trafford, and against Chelsea, to whom they lost 2-3 in a thrilling encounter. We can expect Lampard to fire up the Blues when the big games come along
Frank Lampard is a legend at the club and if anyone should be given time and lead the way forward for the foreseeable future, it’s ‘Super Frank’.