Chelsea manager Frank Lampard has been told how to unleash the plethora of midfielders he has at his disposal. After a busy transfer window, in which the Blues spent close to £230million, Lampard now has a jam-packed midfield.
Many of Lampard’s new recruits have already made their respective first-team bows this campaign, with the sole exception being former Ajax winger Hakim Ziyech.
Ziyech, however, could be in line to make his debut against Southampton on Saturday after featuring in Morocco’s 3-1 win over Senegal last Friday.
His potential inclusion has raised questions over how Lampard will manage to field all his new signings along with Chelsea’s first-team regulars.
That conundrum was put to Lampard’s former Chelsea team-mate Joe Cole, who reckons the Blues boss must centre his team around £76million signing Kai Havertz.
JUST IN: Chelsea ace Kurt Zouma heaps praise on new signing Thiago Silva
You want him playing central, you want him in these positions
Joe Cole on Kai Havertz
During an appearance on BT Sport, the former Blues midfielder said: “I see him as a Firmino-type player where he knits it together.
“So you want him playing central, you want him in these positions.
“He’s got spacial awareness where he can bring players into the game.
“Frank played him off the right in this game (vs Brighton) where he was largely ineffectual and this (positional heatmap) highlights it brilliantly.
Man Utd star Juan Mata offered lucrative £11.5m contract in surprise transfer offer
Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta’s Nicolas Pepe comments shed light on his future attack
Gary Neville verdict on Man Utd sacking Mourinho has worrying similarities to Solskjaer
“When you have a player of his quality, anytime he receives the ball, anyone of those positions he can hurt you.
“When you play in this position you have to understand how to make space.
“I think he will score lots of goals from this position.
“Players are going to love playing with him, like how [Liverpool] players love playing with Firmino.
“He’s such an exciting player and I feel his impact on this Chelsea team will not just be goals and assists, but bringing the best out of the likes of [Christian] Pulisic, [Mason] Mount, Callum [Hudson-Odoi] and Tammy [Abraham] because he can knit it together.”
Chelsea will enter their clash with Southampton on the back of a 4-0 demolition of their London neighbours Crystal Palace.
Source: Read Full Article