We are now three competitive games into Frank Lampard’s reign as Chelsea manager, and beyond 10 games total. Yet the new Blues boss still doesn’t know who his first choice striker is.
Neither Tammy Abraham nor Olivier Giroud has made the role their own with their starts so far, and Michy Batshuayi hasn’t even been on the bench at times.
The Belgian scored twice for the development squad this week, and when asked about him in his press conference today, Lampard did his best to keep the door open. As Nizaar Kinsella pointed out in his Tweet from the presser today, Lampard said that “someone has to come to the front, hopefully.”
Lampard on Michy and the strikers: "Someone has to come to the front, hopefully." A sign that the first choice spot between Batshuayi-Abraham and Giroud is very much up for grabs. #CFC
— Nizaar Kinsella (@NizaarKinsella) August 23, 2019
He doesn’t sound too confident. He could have said “someone will come to the front,” instead he went this rather mealy mouthed response. It really doesn’t sound like Frank is at all convinced that any of them will step up to make the place their own.
We still don’t think he will resort to Michy just yet. A couple of goals against some U23s won’t do much to change Frank’s rankings. Clearly he fancies Tammy’s work rate and Giroud’s link up over Michy’s eye for a goal.
If we do end up using the former Marseille man, it will mean that things have really got desperate, because Frank will have lost faith in his two preferred options.
On the other hand, a couple of lucky bounces for any of these three forwards could mean goals, and once they’re up and running and the team is flowing… any of them can become the leading light up front.