After a very questionable start to the season, Chelsea seem to have steadied the boat and one could even say have become expert sailors in rough seas. Frank Lampard is a legend at the club and still holds the title of being the club’s record top scorer. Fans have been generally delighted with having the club legend make his return to the club as the manager.
Frank Lampard has trusted in his young players right from his debut game, even though the debut and his second game in charge did not go as planned at all. While those two upsets were enough to get fans to start doubting the younger players and call for more experienced players to start (such as Giroud and Pedro), Frank Lampard, however, stuck by his decision to give the young players more of a chance, and his decision has been paying off ever since.
In fact, since their rocky start, Chelsea have been in great form and have lost only one game apart from the opening weekend game. They currently sit third in the table, equal on points with Leicester City who are in second and one point ahead of Manchester City. Given their transfer ban, and also the fact that they lost marquee player Eden Hazard to Real Madrid, the common consensus amongst fans at the start of the season was that they should be happy with a top four finish. The young players, however, have exceeded expectations and delivered the goods. Chelsea are looking like they might just be in contention for second place.
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After the international break, it will be interesting to see how teams come back into the EPL. Arsenal play Southampton, will the under pressure Unai Emery be able to get all three points? The odds for this game are as follows – Arsenal to win is at 1 / 2, a draw is at 4 /1 and Southampton to win is at 6/1. The invincible looking Liverpool take on Crystal Palace and no rewards for guessing who are heavy favourites there – Liverpool to win is at 4/11, a draw is at 9/2 and Palace to win is at 17/2. Coming to what will be the highlight, Man City take on Chelsea at home and are favorites to win with odds of 4/9, a draw is at 9/2 and Chelsea to win is at 15/2.
The youngsters have been the saving grace for Chelsea this season, and 10 of the clubs first goals all came courtesy of homegrown players aged 21 and under.
The 22–year old English center–forward is a product of the Chelsea youth academy and has started to exceed expectations. In fact, some football pundits have even compared him with the likes of Chelsea legend, Didier Drogba. Abraham already got a hattrick this season and was even joint top scorer in the league along with Sergio Aguero of Man City. The 22 – year – old is a good striker of the ball and also a threat in the air given his height.
Apart from being able to finish clinically and being a threat in the air, Abraham has also shown glimpses of how good his link up play is on several occasions and in all competitions. Abraham isn’t getting his many goals from just being a poacher in the box, and that is what is seriously impressive about this youngster.
An attacking midfielder that can carry the ball, press against the oppositions defense, and create clear cut chances that has impressed fans, pundits and the manager this season. Mount is another young English player that has played remarkably well for Chelsea this season. Mount is the man that Lampard is looking to as the player that triggers the press and Mount has been able to pull it off like a natural so far.
At twenty years of age, Mount is look like a promising talent and someone that could really be a top player for Chelsea in the future. His lack of creativity on the ball has been criticized, but with shots, interceptions and great positioning, he has more than made up for it. His creativity will get better with time.
The youngsters have been reliable and consistent after their initial loss to Manchester United and there is no reason to think that they are not going to carry on delivering. Frank Lampard certainly believes in them and the fans have started to sing their names as well. Given the transfer ban, these young English players are the way forward for Chelsea.