Chelsea head coach Frank Lampard has named the five absentees that he believes can provide an ‘uplift’ to his lacklustre Blues, report the Metro.
Chelsea suffered a 1-0 defeat to Kawasaki Frontale on Friday, which won’t do us fans any favours as we look to keep calm and carry on in the midst of a transfer ban.
While reading too far into pre-season performances would be naive, it’s hard not to become a little worried when you are losing to a Japanese side, all due respect.
As Lampard’s men continue to develop their fitness and understanding of his ideas, the performances will improve, but our gaffer has identified another factor which could reinvigorate the side.
Lampard is quoted by the Metro naming the five players who are currently not part of our pre-season setup who he believes could have a considerable impact upon their returns:
“So we have to be realistic, but then I see every day the quality we have here. And I think about the players not here like Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Callum Hudson-Odoi, Willian, Antonio Rudiger and Reece James, and I think we have a competitive squad. I believe in them and there’s more because we have a lot of younger players. There can be an uplift. That’s not me saying I’m going to make the difference. It will be the players who make the difference.”
He’s not wrong in saying that, we just hope that the likes of Loftus-Cheek and Hudson-Odoi are up to speed in time for the start of our season not to be a complete disaster.