Frank Lampard plots summer overhaul at Chelsea after ‘sobering’ Champions League defeat against Bayern Munich… but who will stay at Stamford Bridge for the start of next season?
- Frank Lampard is plotting a major overhaul of his Chelsea squad this summer
- Tuesday night’s defeat by Bayern Munich was ‘sobering’, according to the boss
- A new goalkeeper and striker is definitely on Lampard’s summer shopping list
- But who else is likely to get the chop when the summer transfer window opens?
Frank Lampard is planning to clear out his Chelsea squad in the summer with several players reportedly in the manager’s firing line.
According to The Sun, Kepa Arrizabalaga, Ross Barkley and Jorginho are among eight players to fall victim to Lampard’s exodus.
The Blues were humbled by Bayern Munich on Tuesday night after a 3-0 loss at Stamford Bridge which could have been even worse.
Frank Lampard is plotting a huge overhaul of his Chelsea squad in the summer transfer window
This thumping defeat showed the true extent of the squad’s inadequacies and how far off they are from challenging Europe’s elite.
With the signing of Hakim Ziyech from Ajax, it is clear that the Chelsea boss wants to keep good on his promise to fans about new signings.
Here at Sportsmail, we have assessed the Chelsea players who should stay or go come the summer.
Kepa Arrizabalaga, 25 – GO
Ousted by the 38-year-old Caballero, Kepa has not endeared himself in the hearts of Chelsea fans or his manager.
The world’s most expensive keeper forced Lampard’s hand after the 2-2 draw against Arsenal following a string of unconvincing performances. Even with five years left on his contract, the Blues will still do well not to make a loss.
Kepa Arrizabalaga has lost his place in the team to No 2 Willy Caballero in recent weeks
Willy Caballero, 38 – GO
As far as deputy keepers go, Caballero has not done badly but that is not difficult given the form of the man he’s deputising for.
The veteran keeper’s contract is up in the summer and Lampard will undoubtedly want fresher hands as a second choice stopper.
Antonio Rudiger, 26 – STAY
Quick, strong and dominant in the air, a good passer from the back and a decent reader of the game, Rudiger has the makings of a modern Premier League defender.
But his positioning and concentration can let him down which frustrates fans who know how good he can be.
Kurt Zouma, 25 – STAY
Less polished than his German teammate, Zouma is still worth keeping. The Frenchman’s physicality, pace and composure in the tackle make up for his occasional lapses.
Add the odd raking pass and the confidence to dribble the ball out from defence, Lampard will not want to cash in on Zouma any time soon.
Andreas Christensen, 23 – STAY
Despite impressing out on loan with Borussia Monchengladbach for two seasons, Christensen has struggled to put together the same kind of run on English shores.
Still only 23, Lampard will have faith in the Dane and back him to build a centre back partnership alongside Fikayo Tomori for the future.
Andreas Christensen could forge a solid relationship with Fikayo Tomori moving forward
Cesar Azpilicueta, 30 – STAY
The Chelsea skipper has filled in across the defence in different set-ups but has struggled in his eighth season in west London.
Against Bayern, the Spaniard was out-muscled, outrun and could not live with Serge Gnabry – a sign that his best days are behind him.
Emerson, 25 – GO
Chelsea’s left back woes have seen them shift to a back three and play Azpilicueta on his opposite side.
No-one has felt the brunt of this more than Emerson, who is effective going forward but offers very little in defence. His contract is up in 2022 and could well be moved on for a sizeable fee.
Marcos Alonso, 29 – GO
Much like Emerson, Alonso provides an important attacking outlet down Chelsea’s left-hand side but is glaringly absent when it is time to defend.
Lampard can do much better than the 29-year-old whose lapses have been a factor in the team’s poor defensive record.
Fikayo Tomori, 22 – STAY
After working closely with the England international at Derby, Lampard will want to keep Tomori – especially after impressing at the start of the season.
Despite not playing since December, Tomori will undoubtedly be in the manager’s long-term plans having penned a five-year deal.
Reece James, 20 – STAY
The man many say is a combination of Trent Alexander-Arnold and Aaron Wan-Bissaka is staking his claim for England’s right-back spot this summer.
Signing a five-and-a-half year deal reportedly worth £100,000 a week suggests James is one of a few youngsters Lampard hopes to shape Chelsea’s future around.
Reece James has broken through this season and can become Chelsea’s long-term right back
N’Golo Kante, 28 – STAY
Instrumental to Leicester and Chelsea’s Premier League triumphs in back-to-back seasons, Lampard will not want to replace such a key part of his midfield.
Kante’s influence was most recently felt by the Blues when he went off injured against Manchester United during their 2-0 loss.
Jorginho, 28 – GO
Jorginho is one of the main names reportedly touted to be under Lampard’s axe as the Italian’s performances at Chelsea have been a mixed bag.
Still in his prime years at 28, and with three years remaining on his contract, Chelsea will have suitors lining up for the midfielder’s signature.
Jorginho was signed by Maurizio Sarri and has struggled to impress at Stamford Bridge
Mateo Kovacic, 25 – STAY
There is not much that frightens defenders more than a player running at them and Kovacic has this skill in spades.
The Croatian midfielder was Chelsea’s only signing during their now lifted transfer ban and only Mason Mount has made more appearances this campaign.
Mason Mount, 21 – STAY
After starting the season with a bang, Mount was conveniently dubbed the next Frank Lampard.
But even after his goals dried up, his manager has still shown the faith, deploying the 21-year-old in midfield and in the front three – a display of his idea of Chelsea long-term
Ruben Loftus-Cheek, 24 – STAY
Spending the season out nursing an achilles rupture, Loftus-Cheek was on the bench against Spurs on Saturday.
Lampard has said he hopes the 24-year-old can make a quick recovery to inject much needed energy into his side as soon as possible.
Ross Barkley, 26 – GO
His £15 million price tag raised a few eyebrows as many thought Chelsea fleeced Everton but it has not worked out for Barkley at the Bridge.
Failing to live up to the promise he showed for Everton as a youngster, the club will be eager to get what they can for him with three years on his contract left.
Ross Barkley has failed to deliver on the promise he showed as a youngster at Everton
Christian Pulisic, 21 – STAY
Another new recruit for Lampard’s Blues, the manager will not be trigger-happy with the club’s £57.6 million American investment.
Despite a shaky start where his end product was virtually non-existent, Pulisic was on his way to winning over his detractors before a muscle tear ruled him out.
Tammy Abraham, 22 – STAY
With 15 goals in all competitions so far, Abraham is repaying the trust of his manager and exorcising the No 9 curse that has plagued Chelsea strikers in the past.
With his current contract running until 2022, expect the England international to pen an extension.
Callum Hudson-Odoi, 19 – STAY
After bursting onto the scene under a stubborn Maurizio Sarri regime, Hudson-Odoi had fans crying out to the manager to give the youngster a chance.
But the 19-year-old will have his chance under Lampard’s tutelage, particularly with the lack of quality out wide.
Callum Hudson-Odoi was linked with Bayern but has been out injured for most of the season
Willian, 31 – GO
With his contract up at the end of this season, it appears Chelsea’s No 10 has come to the end of his Chelsea tenure.
For the manager, this presents an opportunity to get some fresh legs out wide as Chelsea haven’t properly replaced the creativity of Eden Hazard.
Willian has long been linked with a move away and this summer could finally be the time
Michy Batshuayi, 26 – GO
Before the season started, many would have chosen the Belgian to start ahead of Abraham. But missing chance after chance against Manchester United, it seems both the club and player would benefit from a sale.
Pedro, 32 – GO
Some would argue Pedro has overstayed his welcome, given that Chelsea would not have been able to replace the Spaniard during their transfer ban.
But with his contract expiring in June, Lampard will be keen to bring a new face in to revitalise the wide areas.
Olivier Giroud, 33 – GO
The former Arsenal man looked set to join Tottenham on deadline day of the winter window – a message to Chelsea fans that his head was away from Stamford Bridge.
While the Frenchman boasts an impressive record for the Blues, fans won’t be emotional about his departure – even on a free as his contract runs out this summer.
Olivier Giroud is also expected to be shown the door as Lampard looks to bring in a striker
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