From Callum Hudson-Odoi to Reece James – Frank Lampard’s Chelsea selection headaches

With the transfer window done and dusted this week, Frank Lampard will now have a settled squad to work with.

The Blues boss might have got the transfers that he wanted, but he also has more players at his disposal than he needs.

Players like Antonio Rudiger, Marcos Alonso, Emerson Palmieri and Jorginho were not able to be shifted.

So now there will be selection headaches for the Blues boss all over the pitch when the players return from international duty.

But where will the key battles be?

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Right-back – Azpilicueta vs James

Reece James is the upcoming star of Chelsea’s team and during the beginning of the season he has certainly showed his ability going forward.

There is still a question mark over his defensive capability, and sometimes the newly-fledged England international can be caught out of position.

On the other side of the coin, Cesar Azpilicueta is the old guard and a stable choice to play in the position.

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As club captain, he showed in the win over Crystal Palace just what he can still give to the Blues in a key role.

James is still learning his trade, but is one of the most exciting talents at Lampard’s disposal.

In games where the Blues want to use his attacking instincts, James is more likely to be in the running. However, Azpilicueta is still the trusted player.

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Central midfield – Jorginho vs Kovacic

This shouldn’t seem like much of a battle for many, with Mateo Kovacic being named as Chelsea’s player of the season in the 2020/21 campaign.

However, there is still a debate about who is better to partner N’Golo Kante in the heart of the team if Lampard plays the 4-2-3-1 formation.

Jorginho scores from the penalty spot (Image: Darren Walsh/Chelsea FC via Getty Images)

Jorginho is better on the…


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