Lampard's biggest challenge at Chelsea as he makes return
Lampard's biggest challenge at Chelsea as he makes return

Lampard's biggest challenge at Chelsea as he makes return

Frank Lampard's return to the club has bee received with mixed reactions, with many of the club's fans happy to see one of their legends back to a familiar environment. 

The former England international, regarded as one of the best midfielders during his time, will face his biggest job yet, and after the emotions surrounding the move have died down, it will be time for work. 

Lampard knows Roman Abramovich is ruthless in firing managers, even when they have delivered, as-as such he must be ready to face challenges that might come his way.

He will be tasked to deliver this success without one of the key ingredients of the past successful years; Eden Hazard. 

The Belgian completed his dream move to Real Madrid, having been courted by the Giants for years now. 

Losing Hazard

Perhaps the biggest challenge Lampard will face would be to navigate through a transfer ban that means he will not be able to replace the departed Hazard. 

The team has also lost some other players including Gary Cahill and Juventus loanee Gonzalo Higuain, meaning he might be short of men in some key areas. 

The club was banned in relation to breaches concerning the transfer of players who are under 18 and will not be allowed to complete transfer deals until the summer of 2020 at the earliest.

Youth players

The club has enormous talent in youth players who are either out on loan or on the club's bench week in week out. This will provide the manager with cover in the two transfer windows, while also ensuring the club becomes dependent on the young talents that they nurture through their ranks. 

Lampard will have some of the brightest youngsters in Callum Hudson-Odoi, Tammy Abraham, Mason Mount, Reece James, Loftus-Cheek, just to name but a few. 

No losing more players

Chelsea have already lost Eden Hazard to Real Madrid. The club will be desperate to keep the rest of the squad members at least for the next season.

David Luiz, Giroud, and Willian have all committed their futures at the club, with Loftus-Cheek, Callum Odoi and Mason Mount ready to follow suit. 

With these, Lamps might be able to successfully manoeuvre through a tricky season in his biggest managerial job so far. 

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