Following Chelsea’s defeat to Arsenal, Frank Lampard learned a lot about his players, with some impressive and others disappointing.
Frank Lampard has a few simple decisions to make ahead of Chelsea’s weekend trip to the Vitality Stadium. Bournemouth will welcome the Blues to the south coast on Saturday afternoon, hoping to add to their woes.
Chelsea has now lost each of their six games since Lampard was designated caretaker manager, following the loss to Arsenal. Despite preferring a more conservative team, the 44-year-old chose to field a back-four against the Gunners.
While the west Londoners were frequently chasing their shadows at the Emirates Stadium, several players, including Mykhailo Mudryk and Noni Madueke, showed great promise. Against Arsenal, the combination caused plenty of issues down the wing, leading many to wonder how Mauricio Pochettino might take them to the next level.
With that in mind, football. London has identified six changes Lampard must make to his starting lineup against Bournemouth.
Sterling for Mudryk
Mudryk impressed once again as a substitute for Chelsea against Arsenal, demonstrating why he may be the club’s most dangerous attacker. The 22-year-old’s drive, determination, and originality are palpable, and others around him are on the same wavelength.
Aubameyang gets Fofana.
Surprisingly, neither Graham Potter nor Frank Lampard has given David Datro Fofana much of a chance. The 20-year-old last appeared for Chelsea as a substitute against Southampton in February, and neither Pierre Emerick-Aubameyang nor Kai Havertz has performed better since.
Thiago Silva’s replacement is Badiashile.
While Thiago Silva has been faultless for the majority of his Chelsea career, the Blues will benefit more in the long run by allowing Benoit Badiashile to develop a strong relationship with Wesley Fofana. The former of the two Frenchmen has been the club’s finest center-half at times this season, so a start against the Cherries is undoubtedly merited.
Chukwuemeka in place of Kovacic
Carney Chukwuemeka, like Badiashile and Fofana, hasn’t got much of an opportunity to shine under Lampard. The former Aston Villa midfielder has already demonstrated that he has a lot of potential that need to be unlocked, therefore it would be a disservice to the next Chelsea manager to prioritize Mateo Kovacic, who has been strongly linked with a move recently and hasn’t been in the best of form.
Azpilicueta for Chalobah
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Cesar Azpilicueta will undoubtedly be remembered as a club great, but his time at the top level appears to have come to an end. With Chelsea going to be spoilt for choice at center-back next season, with Malo Gusto expected to arrive in the summer, Trevoh Chalobah must be allowed to show why he’s a significant asset to the next Blues manager.
Kepa for Mendy
Kepa Arrizabalaga is a capable goalkeeper, but his recent performances have given Lampard no reason not to give Edouard Mendy a run of games. The West Londoners’ season is nearly over, so there’s no danger in putting trust in the Senegal international.