Frank Lampard had a few key questions going in to Saturday’s match with Norwich, and it’s fair to say he’s answered some – if not all of them.
The debate of who to play up front looks like it’s over, for now. Frank trusted Tammy as the best choice for his system even when the forward wasn’t scoring. Now he’s bagged two, he’s certain to be a fixture in the first team as the lone striker.
Secondly, the left back question is also sealed for now. Lampard has seemed to prefer Emerson Palmieri since as early as the second or third game of preseason, and given how well the Italy international is playing, there’s no reason to think his coach will change his mind anytime soon.
But the injury to Pedro creates a new debate. If the Spaniard, previously clearly Lampard’s top choice on the wing, can’t play this week against Sheffield United, who steps up? Against the Canaries he brought on Ross Barkley as a direct replacement, but the midfielder hardly shone, and is not a natural there.
Willian is fit again and was snubbed by that move – although Lampard may argue there was a specific tactical element to the move too. Could the Brazilian now get his shot at Stamford Bridge against the Blades this weekend?