With the BBC reporting that Chelsea are in talks with Frank Lampard, we’ve considered how he could reshape our attack post-Eden Hazard.
The departure of Eden Hazard to Real Madrid ensured that change was on the horizon for our attack as it was, but Lampard’s arrival will also have a significant effect.
Hazard was our main creative source and biggest goal threat. Through losing him, we are forced into experimentation with our attack in order to keep the fire burning.
Here’s three ways we believe that Lampard could shape up our forward line next term, should he officially take the reins at Stamford Bridge.
Merit: Willian – Giroud – Pedro
There is always the chance that Lampard will not learn from the mistakes made by former managers, instead continuing to pick players on merit, undeservingly.
While, on paper, an attack consisting of Willian, Olivier Giroud and Pedro is our strongest, it would suggest that Lampard fears he could face the ‘Sarri treatment’.
Managers are not often granted time at Chelsea. If he feels as though he could be another to learn that the hard way, we could see an attack of this kind.
Strong and experienced it may be, but all three of these players have contracts which are due to expire in the summer of 2020.
No longer should we be entertaining short-term solutions through fear of what might happens if we take a gamble. Lampard will know that.
Youth: Hudson-Odoi – Abraham – Pulisic
Lampard is not afraid to give the younger players a chance. He proved this during his debut campaign in management with Derby County.
If he takes the same approach at Chelsea, we could see a completely new-look attack, with Callum Hudson-Odoi, Tammy Abraham and Christian Pulisic heavily involved.
If Lampard is looking forward, rather than over his shoulder, it’s completely plausible that we will see these three fielded together at some point next season.
While, due to their tender ages and lack of Premier League experience, inconsistency would be a threat, all three have the potential to go far in their careers.
You can allow for the odd poor showing if you have faith that you will reap the rewards in the future for giving them a proper opportunity to show what they can do.
Two-up-top: Batshuayi – Abraham/Giroud
You can consider this the ‘wildcard’ option, if you like. Lampard could oversee a complete overhaul of our system, dismantling Sarriball piece by piece.
So early in his career it is unclear what exactly Lampard’s philosophy is, so he may be tempted to act based on the players he has at his disposal.
If he were to do so, we could see a striker pairing with either Ruben Loftus-Cheek or Ross Barkley in the number ten role. That’d certainly shake things up.
Attempting to replace Hazard like-for-like would be a waste of time, but having two strikers on the pitch would be one way to account for his departed goal threat.
Whether Lampard would be willing to take the plunge and attempt the formation of an old school strike partnership is something only time can tell us.
What do you think Lampard should do, Blues?