Chelsea have had an impressive run this season so far – even when fans expected a downslide due to the assumed inexperience of the newly appointed manager, Frank Lampard – the club has been going strong, moving up in the Premier League table.
Currently, Chelsea are third in the Premier League table, tied on 26 points with Leicester City who occupies second. With eight points behind Liverpool who is top of the league, there is still hope for Chelsea to give Liverpool a run for their money.
The current Chelsea squad is built around youngsters and one would have thought that will be a problem for the London side club but we have seen how well Frank Lampard has managed the team and turned the youngsters into the perfect squad to compete on the Premier League level.
The likes of Tammy Abraham, Fikayo Tomori and Mason Mount have had the chance to prove themselves and have used the platform given to them so well that they are gradually becoming a part of the Chelsea first team, while those like James and Hudson-Odoi are now fighting hard to find their best form after recovering from serious injuries.
Given the transfer ban imposed on Chelsea, the success Frank Lampard has had with the youngsters is really remarkable.
Let’s take a quick look into the players and how they’ve held things down for Chelsea.
This 22-year-old English striker has played a total of 45 matches for Chelsea in the Premier League scoring 15 goals, and averaging a total of 0.33 goals per match. He has had 82 shots with 35 shots on target and 43% shooting accuracy.
He has had three assists in 464 passes, averaging a total of 10.31 passes per match, six big chances created and 19 crosses.
Defensively, he’s also a big shot. He has 12 tackles, 18 blocked shots, three interceptions, 21 clearances, and 17 headed clearances. (Premier League stat)
The 21-year-old Canadian born English defender has played ten Premier League matches for Chelsea and has one goal.
Defensively, he has a total of three clean sheets, 24 tackles with 54% tackle success, one blocked shot, 17 interceptions, 25 clearances, and 11 headed clearance. He has a total of 55 recoveries and 51 duels won.
Tomori has a total of four successful 50/50 and 18 aerial battles won.
His general team play is not bad at all as he has a total of 713 passes, averaging a total of 71.30 passes per match, three through balls and 29 accurate long balls. (Premier League stat)
This 21-year-old English midfielder has played a total of 12 matches for Chelsea in the Premier League, scoring four goals and averaging a total of 0.33 goals per match. He has a total of 33 shots and 13 shots on target with 39% shooting accuracy.
Mount has one assist, 403 passes and an average of 33.58 passes per match. He has a total of three big chances created, 55 crosses, 24% cross accuracy, one through ball and 11 accurate long balls.
On the defense, this youngster is brilliant. He has a total of 16 tackles with 50% tackle success, 12 blocked shots, five interceptions, seven clearances, two headed clearances, 49 recoveries, and 43 duels won.
He has a total of 14 successful 50/50s and five aerial battles won. (Premier League stat)
Why their form is good for Chelsea
There is great competition for the Chelsea first-team shirt right now and that is a good thing for the club. Healthy competition births development and development help the club move forward and become a formidable force.
Their good form has reflected on the club and their current standing in the Premier League and other competitions as well and one can only encourage Frank Lampard to continue doing whatever it is he has been doing because it seems like the right tactic for now.
Chelsea might be on the way to being one of the forces to reckon with in European football. Should the youngsters continue with the form they are in right now, the club can be sure to have quality players that will hold things down for them any day.
Let’s also not forget that they are young and at the peak of their career. We can expect a rapid development from them and Frank Lampard has made it clear that he is building an environment where youths can thrive.