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Despite the transfer ban that’s been placed on Chelsea, Frank Lampard still has a large squad at his disposal, and this is due to the fact that a lot of players from the club’s academy have made the step up to the first team.
Every department in the Chelsea team seems to be fully equipped, and Blues boss Frank Lampard has admitted that he’s having selection headache in some areas.
Chelsea hero Pat Nevin has listed some players that will be like new signings for Lampard.
He told the official Chelsea website: “Yes, we have Tammy Abraham, Mason Mount, Callum Hudson-Odoi, Ruben Loftus-Cheek and others who will all feel like new signings, but it is different to buying in a tried and tested world class player who can lift the entire club in an instant.
“There is also the change in style to deliver, which will be very different to Maurizio Sarri’s idiosyncratic methods. Actually this year it will be changes in styles plural, as Frank will use more than one system.”
He added: “So last season we rightly got excited about Callum and Ruben as they improved incredibly quickly throughout the season. It is sad and feels hugely unfair that both have literally been stopped in their tracks by similar injuries. When they return it will be like two fabulous new signings, but in the meantime during pre-season there have been a few standout players that might also have huge seasons this time round.”
Pat Nevin also took time out to hail Ross Barkley and Christian Pulisic who have both had impressive pre-seasons.
He went on: “Taking nothing away from any other players battling to get up to match speed, both Pulisic and Ross Barkley in particular have been quite superb. Both have been fast, positive, confident and played with a real freedom.
“They appear to be mirroring what the new staff want to see and what we want to see, too. If they can play to that level in the Premier League then the ultimate goal of reaching the top four may not be out of our grasp, even with all the odds stacked against us.”