Premier League great Rio Ferdinand has delivered his verdict on Frank Lampard’s opening months as Chelsea head coach.
Lampard re-joined the Blues in the summer after just one year of managerial experience. The former midfielder led Championship side Derby County to within 90 minutes of the Premier League during the 2018/19 campaign, losing out to Aston Villa in the play-off final.
The departure of Maurizio Sarri to Italian giants Juventus meant that the Blues turned to Lampard to fill the vacancy at Stamford Bridge.
It was not an easy summer for the club legend, with Chelsea serving a transfer ban which meant that there could be no new additions during the summer transfer window.
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Despite that, at the start of 2020, the Blues sit in fourth place in the Premier League table, five points clear of fifth place Manchester United, having won 11 of their opening 21 games of the campaign.
Lampard has received praise for his use of youngsters this season, with Mason Mount, Fikayo Tomori and Tammy Abraham three academy graduates to be given a chance under the former England man.
During a question and answer session on his Twitter, Ferdinand was asked about the job his former international teammate is doing at Stamford Bridge.
“Doing well… completely changed the way the club treat young players coming thru!” He wrote.
“They now have a pathway to the 1st Team, but ultimately will be judged on results come the end of the season!”
Chelsea are next in action when they take on Nottingham Forest in the FA Cup third round on Sunday afternoon.