With Derby County confirming they have given Chelsea permission to speak to Frank Lampard about their vacant manager position, it looks nailed on that the 41-year-old will be in the Stamford Bridge dugout next season.
Looking at the predicament Chelsea are in, you would have to say Roman Abramovich has no choice but to give Lampard that and that anything less would be extremely harsh.
Of course, the current Derby boss will have an extremely talented crop of young players to call upon, something highlighted well by talkSPORT. However, with that transfer ban in play, he will be unable to sign an Eden Hazard replacement this summer.
Most Chelsea fans will have faith that Callum Hudson-Odoi will be able to step in for the Belgian, but producing 16 Premier League goals and 15 assists will be no easy feat.
Considering that, Lampard surely deserves to get to a season where he will be able to use the transfer market. Asking him to perform miracles in this current climate would just not be fair.
Until he gets to operate in the transfer window — assuming he gets the job, of course — Abramovich and co should not judge Lampard’s work too harshly.
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