Monday, January 18, 2021

It’s Time To Appreciate Frank Lampard As A Manager

Frank Lampard is in just his second year at Chelsea. Chelsea won 3-1 against Leeds United last time out in the Premier League, thanks to goals from Olivier Giroud, Kurt Zouma and Christian Pulisic. Chelsea currently lie in third place, just two points behind joint leaders Tottenham Hotspur and Liverpool.

Is it time for the footballing world to appreciate the job Frank Lampard has done at Chelsea?

Derby County appointed Lampard as manager before the start of the 2018/19 season after manager Gary Rowett left for Stoke City.

In his only season as manager, Lampard took the Rams one step further than Rowett, guiding Derby to the play-off final. They would lose 2-1 to Aston Villa in the final.

Frank Lampard after Derby’s play-off semi final win over Leeds.

Youth Given A Chance

After Maurizio Sarri left for Juventus, Chelsea was in the hunt for a new manager. They decided to take a chance on all-time club top goalscorer Frank Lampard. The club was going through a time of adversity with a transfer ban coincided with the departure of their best player Eden Hazard.

This allowed Lamped to trust in youth, particularly as he had two Chelsea loanees in his spell as Derby manager in Mason Mount and Fikayo Tomori.

Mason Mount and Tomori during their time at Derby.

He gave the youth a chance, with Tammy Abraham starting the season off brightly. Abraham scored 10 goals in Chelsea’s first 12 Premier League games.

Mason Mount continues to perform and has been the best of the youngsters around Chelsea’s first team.

Chelsea has a history of loaning out their youngsters, with many feeling that they didn’t give their young players a chance in years gone by. This was seen as being due to the wealth of Roman Abramovic meaning they could go out and get the best players.

Whilst Tomori’s game time has lessened, Mount continues and to excel and Abraham has shown glimpses. Mount is a regular on Lampard’s team sheet and Abraham has scored 5 goals in 17 appearances in all competitions.

Mason Mount and Tammy Abraham.

Achievements On The Pitch

Going into the 2019/20 season, Chelsea were not expected to do much. The transfer ban meant that many put Chelsea outside the top four in their season predictions. A 4-0 loss away to Manchester United on the opening weekend had many feeling they were correct in their predictions.

However, Chelsea proved everyone wrong by securing a fourth-place finish and they have carried this onto this season. Chelsea also reached the FA Cup Final, losing 2-1 to Arsenal at an empty Wembley Stadium.

Frank Lampard consoling fellow youngster Reece James after their FA Cup Final loss to Arsenal.

Chelsea secured their place in the knockout stages of the Champions League and will go into Monday’s draw as group winners.

The free signing of Thiago Silva has brought leadership to this Chelsea defence. It has also allowed Kurt Zouma to be the player that we all thought he would be. The French centre back has scored four Premier League goals this season and is so far the leading points scorer on Fantasy Premier League for a defender.

So Why Is Noone Taking Lampard And Chelsea Seriously?

There are still questions over Lampard, which seem unjust considering what he did last season without being able to sign any players.

Now that he has been able to spend money this summer, people are quick to overlook his achievements.

Frank Lampard was an excellent player and appears to be on his way to being a great manager. I have every belief that Lampard will win many trophies at Chelsea. We have seen his angry side, which every manager needs to succeed, against Liverpool at the end of last season. With both Chelsea and Liverpool in the title race, could Lampard vs Klopp be the next Benítez v Mourinho?

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