Chelsea has appointed club legend Frank Lampard as their new manager on a three-year contract, following the departure of Mauricio Sarri to Juventus.
I think this is the perfect appointment under the current circumstances. The Blues have a two-year transfer ban, which will presumably halt any plans to mount a serious title challenge for the next few seasons.
The new manager needs time, trust from the fans and has the ability to blend youth into their current crop of quality players. Chelsea fans will certainly give Frank time to adopt his own playing style, and appreciate his efforts to give youngsters an opportunity to become legends like himself.
Chelsea arguably has the most promising set of English youngsters in the country. Fikayo Tomori, Reece James, Mason Mount, Ruben Loftus Cheek, Callum Hudson Odoi, Tammy Abraham – I expect Gareth Southgate to be at a fair amount of games at Stamford Bridge next season, put it that way.
We’ve already seen how good Loftus Cheek and Hudson Odoi are on the international stage, while the other four mentioned were absolutely superb in the Championship last season. Lampard will have to play them at some point, they won’t let him or Chelsea down. This transfer ban could be a blessing in disguise, these youngsters are so talented and sometimes there’s no need to sign multi-million players, give your own an opportunity.
It’s an exciting time for Chelsea supporters. Lampard will give everything to bring success back to Stamford Bridge, playing an attractive, attacking style. Derby was brilliant to watch last season, quick in transition, had flair and were a real danger to any side.
Good luck Frank, he’s got the job of his dreams, probably earlier than expected, take it and play Reece James – you’ll be sound.