Frank Lampard took on the role of Chelsea head coach this summer, and it seemed like an uphill slog with the club being under a two-window transfer ban.
However, Lampard actually finds himself in a position of being inundated with players to chose from, and he will actually end up having plenty of headaches this season, but the good kind.
Competition is healthy, and usually pushes players to their limits to earn a spot. However, this depends a lot on mentalities, and could cause unhappiness for some.
So Lampard will have to chose wisely, but with four competitions to play in, there will be plenty of game time up for grabs.
So where are his biggest headaches?
The midfield is probably the worst (best).
When fully fit, he has N’Golo Kante, Jorginho, Mateo Kovacic, Mason Mount, Ross Barkley, Ruben Loftus-Cheek, and has even used Andreas Christensen there. Tiemoue Bakayoko and Danny Drinkwater are also both still at the club, and Billy Gilmour could be knocking on the door also.
That’s at least six midfielders there who will have a case to be a regular starter. Rather Lampard than me, but what a great choice of options to have, and probably Chelsea’s strongest area.
Then there is the central defenders, not such a headache as the midfielders, but still a headache. Who will be his main two starters? As surely this is the most important position to get a regular same partnership built up?
He has Kurt Zouma, David Luiz, Andreas Christensen, and Antonio Rudiger, who will all be expecting to be regular starters. Then there is Fikayo Tomori who is still at the club, but likely to be loaned.
Ouch, figure that one out Frank!
Oh, and the strikers. Seemingly three of them playing for one spot.
Michy Batshuayi, Olivier Giroud, and Tammy Abraham. None of them really standouts right now so it’s totally up for grabs.
But again, like the defenders, surely the striker needs repetitive game time to build up momentum and confidence? Another tough decision.
In Frank though, we trust!