Frank Lampard to be longest-serving manager of the Abramovich era
An easy prediction to make now, with things going quite well, but Lampard seems likely to become the club’s longest-serving manager of the Roman Abramovich era.
He has a three-year deal and, unless things go horribly wrong, that would bring him to about 160 games depending on cup progress. The longest spell since Abramovich took over the club was Jose Mourinho’s first, when he managed 185 games.
Tammy Abraham, the Premier League’s most consistent goalscorer
Questions remain over whether the striker can maintain his scoring form. Will he suffer a dip as this campaign progresses? Can he consistently find the net against the big teams having scored his first against a ‘top six’ club away to Arsenal on Sunday?
Yet it already feels inevitable that he will develop into one of the country’s most consistent strikers, someone to rival Harry Kane in the golden boot race and the England team for years to come.
Academy trumps big spending
Now we have seen the capabilities of the young players, it looks like the club will stick to their faith in academy products long-term. That does not mean they will become scroungers in the transfer market – and it will be compelling to see what happens in this particular window now the ban has been lifted – but the days of spending big instead of giving an opportunity young players already at the club may well be over now Abraham, Mason Mount, Fikayo Tomori and others have made their mark in the first team.
End of the loan army
At the same time Fifa are looking to change the rules surrounding loans and that could mean an end for the club’s so-called army. Last season Chelsea had 49 players at temporary clubs but critics see it as stockpiling talent in search of a financial profit and the regulations will likely become more restrictive in the next decade.
Stamford Bridge resolution
The stadium redevelopment is…