Chelsea Still With Many Uncertainties As Preseason Approaches.

If and when Lampard puts pen to paper, he’ll have to hit the ground running, sprinting actually, to get himself and the team up to speed.

Frank Lampard. [Getty Images].
Frank Lampard. [Getty Images].

With preseason training for the 2019/20 season right around the corner, Chelsea are in a bit of limbo.

The Blues are still without a manager. 30+ year old players will be the bulk of the attack. And, the club must rely on a plethora of unproven, previously loaned out players due to the FIFA imposed transfer ban.

Never in the Abramovich era has Chelsea entered a season with as much uncertainty as now.

Image Source: Clive Mason/Getty Images
Image Source: Clive Mason/Getty Images

Maurizio Sarri officially left Stamford Bridge two weeks ago and the club has not appointed a new manager in that time. Frank Lampard has been the front runner to take the managerial role for quite some time, however his current employer, Derby County, only recently gave Chelsea permission to speak with the club legend.

Burning this much time simply to get permission to speak with Lampard put Chelsea behind the eight ball. They play their first preseason friendly on July 10th in Ireland, only 13 days from now.

Every other Premier League club has their manager in place, except for Newcastle as Rafa Benitez stepped down just a couple days ago.

If and when Lampard puts pen to paper, he’ll have to hit the ground running, sprinting actually, to get himself and the team up to speed.

One task Super Frank won’t see on his to-do list though is signing new players as Chelsea’s two transfer window ban starts this summer. Looking positively, it lightens the load for him. On the flip side, it leaves the team in a precarious situation.

After Eden Hazard departed for Real Madrid earlier this month and long term injuries keeping Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Callum Hudson-Odoi out indefinitely, the squad is low on bodies and statistics.

Hazard recorded 31 goals and assists in the Premier League last season. Oilvier Giroud, Pedro, and Willian last year? They combined for 36. It’s very unlikely the trio will come close to filling that gaping hole.

Giroud, 32, Pedro, 32, and Willian, 31 in August, all have contracts expiring after this season.

Chelsea clearly have them only as place holders and plan to move on after the transfer ban. However, for a team that will play every three days with participation in the Champions League this year, this older group could get tired very quickly.

Quite frankly, the west London club have no shot at winning in Europe. And with heavy legs week in week out, will they even compete for top four in the Premier League? It will be a tough battle. Then, if they miss out on the Champions League for a third year out of the past five, it’ll be difficult to attract top players come next summer.

Without the ability to buy, Chelsea are putting their trust in aging players out of necessity. It’s a big gamble. Unfortunately, they don’t really have any other choice.

The only other option to make up for Hazard’s production is the army of loan players on Chelsea’s books. However, the problem right now is two fold. Without a manager, there’s no telling who will play at Stamford Bridge regularly, who will be a squad player, and who will go out on loan again. Furthermore, regardless of who plays for Chelsea, they’re all unproven in the Premier League.

Tammy Abraham scored in bunches with Aston Villa….in the Championship. Michy Batshuayi didn’t impress with Valencia or Crystal Palace either side of the January window. Alvaro Morata underwhelmed at Stamford Bridge for 18 months and then did the same at Atletico Madrid during his loan.


The newest signing, Christian Pulisic, struggled with injuries and locking down a starting role at Borussia Dortmund throughout the year. Now coming to England, how will he handle and adjust to the rough and tumble Premier League?

All of these players are unknown commodities for Chelsea. Could they shine? Sure. Does anything indicate they will? No.

With preseason training beginning soon, Chelsea have a number of uncertainties surrounding the team and the season. It’s the first time in the Abramovich era they can’t spend their way to success, whether that be with the manager or players.

Maybe it will usher in a new way of doing business at SW6. Or maybe it will keep them on the outside looking in at the super clubs. We’ll only find out once the final whistle blows in May.

Written by Drew Pells.


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