Unexpectedly, Frank Lampard was named Chelsea’s interim manager for the remainder of the campaign. He already has plans to re-add Mason Mount to his starting lineup
After severing connections with underwhelming Graham Potter and holding talks with Julian Nagelsmann and Luis Enrique, the Blues have welcomed the prodigal son back as a temporary fix.
The Englishman will have about two months to assist Chelsea avoid a first bottom-half finish in the Premier League since 1995/96 and perhaps beat the odds in Europe after a disastrous stint at Everton.
Lampard won’t have much time to formulate a game plan during the Pensioners’ difficult period because a mouthwatering Champions League quarterfinal matchup against the current champions Real Madrid is waiting in the wings. During his first news conference as Chelsea’s interim manager, the former midfielder graciously disclosed that getting Mount back into the first squad is at the top of his priorities.
During the final stretch of Potter’s tenure as manager at Stamford Bridge, Mount fell down the lineup, losing his spot to Joao Felix, an Atletico Madrid loanee. A year before the end of his Chelsea contract, the 24-year-old’s current circumstances in west London have sparked rumours that he will leave in the summer.
Should dragged-out extension talks with the Blues fail, Liverpool and Manchester United have emerged as prospective landing sites for the English playmaker. But now that Lampard is back and prepared to revive Mount’s Bridge career, the highly regarded midfielder may decide to commit his future to the blue shirt despite his recent struggles.