Chelsea boss Frank Lampard will have his management skills tested after his £230million transfer spree, because he’ll have to make sure he doesn’t suffer from unrest in his squad. That’s the opinion of former Scotland international Don Hutchison, who predicted Lampard will have an issue on his hands with where he plays new forward Timo Werner.
The £53m signing is set to make his competitive debut for Chelsea tonight as the Blues face Brighton in their Premier League season opener.
The German striker scored four minutes into his first appearance for the club – which happened in a friendly version of the same fixture.
Werner can play anywhere across the front three, and will likely be started through the middle tonight in an attempt to utilise his pace and finishing ability.
He will be joined by fellow new signing Kai Havertz, who Chelsea signed in a deal worth up to £90m from Bayer Leverkusen.
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And Hutchison explained on ESPN FC that the starting line-up was looking strong from defence to attack, but warned Lampard that he will have to make sure his fringe level players don’t get fed up of seeing the expensive new signings take their places in the team.
He said: “You look across that Chelsea side, and even without some of the big guns, it’s a strong side.”
Hutchison predicted the Blues will likely start Werner through the middle and drop both Tammy Abraham and Olivier Giroud to the bench.
The pundit continued: “I think it’s tricky because there’s no Hakim Ziyech, and I wonder where Timo Werner is going to play.
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“He could either play as a nine with Hudson-Odoi on the left-hand-side and Havertz on the right, or if he goes with Giroud then he might play Timo Werner on the left.
“His management skills are going to be tested.
“If he does play Timo Werner through the middle as a number nine, he’s going to have to give a good team talk behind the scenes to Tammy Abraham and Olivier Giroud to keep them happy.
“The list just keeps going on and on. Whoever he drops is going to be disappointed.
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“That’s one element of his managerial career that he’ll have to get used to. He’ll handle it, but he’ll take it in his stride.”
Lampard told NBC Sports that he believes Werner will help out 21-year-old Christian Pulisic, because he’ll allow for the American to create more space for himself.
He said: “They’ll hopefully be on the same wavelength as [Pulisic] and be able to take attention away from him with their movements, it might give Christian more space.
“The more these players work together, I’m excited about these forward players and Christian’s right in the middle of that.”
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