Chelsea chief Marina Granovskaia must overrule Frank Lampard or risk Jose Mourinho mistake

Chelsea director Marina Granovskaia could be left red-faced if she does not overrule Frank Lampard and stop him from signing West Ham midfielder Declan Rice to fill his defensive void.

Lampard feels Rice is the final piece of his transfer jigsaw but West Ham are demanding £80m for the 21-year-old.

Spending such a substantial fee for a star they are not going to play in his natural position is a major risk.

Perhaps the Blues should take a glance at their north London rivals Tottenham and look at how Jose Mourinho is going wrong.

Spurs have allowed Eric Dier to convert from a holding midfield into a centre-back and he has been error-prone.

Dier was supposed to be marking Dominic Calvert-Lewin at a free-kick from which Everton scored the winning goal in their opening Premier League clash on Saturday.

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You would think a figure such as John Terry, Nemanja Vidic or Virgil van Dijk would not have allowed that goal to happen.

A towering centre-back would have read the danger and headed the ball clear, or at least done enough to put the forward off.

Dier was caught napping and it is those fine details which cost his side at least a point.

Throughout last season, the 26-year-old failed to impose himself on Tottenham’s back line.

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Chelsea should look at how Dier has adapted to his new role and have concerns over Rice.

Yes, the former Benfica youngster could still learn the trade and develop into a strong defender.

But Chelsea cannot take that risk with Rice as they need an improvement immediately.

Saying that, no two players are the same and Rice, who is five years younger, may transition naturally.

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He used to play as a centre-back during his time in the Chelsea academy before he was released in 2013.

Lampard has spent over £200m on new signings this window so the pressure is on for his side to really challenge Manchester City and Liverpool.

But Granovskaia must make the bold decision to overrule the head coach if he plans to spend another wedge with no guarantee the gamble will pay off.

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