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Chelsea have struggled defensively this season and it continued as we lost 3-2 at West Ham on Wednesday night.
Chelsea fans criticised the centre-back partnership of Andreas Christensen and Antonio Rudiger while also criticising left-back Marcos Alonso following their performance against West Ham.
Chelsea boss Frank Lampard has reportedly identified the player to solve Chelsea’s defensive problems.
According to The Athletic, Lampard is eying up West Ham midfielder Declan Rice as the solution to Chelsea’s defensive issues after our vulnerabilities at the back were exposed once again against West Ham on Wednesday night.
Since leaving Chelsea as a 14 year old, Rice has established himself as a regular in West Ham’s midfield but Lampard intends to use him as a centre-back and not in midfield.
Rice began his career as a centre half, only emerging as a central midfielder during the 2018/19 season due to his impressive passing ability.
“Declan Rice is a good player,” Lampard said. “I’ve known him for a long time, he was in Chelsea’s academy, but there’s no talk.
“I will keep saying that about every player until these games and this season are finished. There’s nothing to say.”