Frank Lampard took over at Chelsea earlier in the summer this year with the club under severe distress.
The former Chelsea midfielder came into the job with only a year’s experience on his CV. He had managed Derby County last season and with a below-average Rams, the side managed to almost qualify for the Premier League, losing to Aston Villa in the finals of the play-offs knockouts.
Chelsea was handed a rather unpleasant situation in the summer as the Blues had to cope with multiple exits. First, it was their talismanic forward Eden Hazard, who after 7 wonderful years at the club decided to move on to other challenges. Then it was under fire boss Maurizio Sarri who went back home to take charge at Turin. The final slap on the wrist came with the two-window transfer ban for the Blues.
It was essentially at this point that Frank was appointed, one of the most difficult periods for the club since the takeover of Russian oligarch Roman Abramovich; a mini-crisis of sorts.
Frank’s youth policy at the club was accepted not only because it was the manager’s style but also because the fans love to see their own boys and most importantly, Chelsea could not sign anyone.
In came the likes of Tammy Abraham and Reece James and Chelsea have fortunately not had to look back. The Blues are third in the table now ahead of Manchester City.
If Lampard’s men continue to be unafraid and perform, Chelsea might not feel the effect of Hazard leaving or the transfer ban and still finish in the top four.
Certainly with Arsenal, Manchester United and Tottenham all struggling to enter European spots, this young Chelsea side have a fairy tale on their hands.