Norwich City are reportedly holding talks over their successor to Daniel Farke at Carrow Road and there appears to be one specific manager in line to potentially take over.
Ex-Chelsea and Derby manager Frank Lampard has had discussions with the Canaries over a potential move to Carrow Road.
Fabrizio Romano claimed that the retired England international spoke with the club’s board and is one of three candidates Stuart Webber is considering.
It remains to be seen whether a deal can be done for the Premier League icon, with Dean Smith and Ralph Hasenhuttl also said to be on the club’s shortlist.
If Lampard does arrive in Norfolk, what may he do to improve the club’s chances of avoiding immediate relegation back down to the Championship? One thing he could do is place an added emphasis on handing minutes to young centre-back Andrew Omobamidele.
The Ireland international has only started three of Norwich’s 11 Premier League matches, with his last two starts coming with Ben Gibson suspended for the first and Ozan Kabak and Grant Hanley out injured for the second. In those starts, he averaged a superb SofaScore rating of 7.23 in the top-flight – suggesting he has the potential to be an excellent performer this season.
Lampard’s second-most used player in his managerial career to date is England international Fikayo Tomori, who he has handed 81 appearances to during spells with Derby and Chelsea. Only Mason Mount (124) played more than the defender and it shows that the 43-year-old is willing to put his faith in young centre-backs. Thus, Omobamidele could potentially be his next Tomori.
Therefore, he could be the perfect manager to come in and get the best out of the Irish gem. Tomori is now valued at £36m by Transfermarkt and is a regular for Milan in the Serie A, having been set on his way by Lampard’s coaching and decision making.
“I watched him play for the Ireland under-21s against Wales – he was ok. But I watched him against Preston in a 1-1 draw, and he subsequently stayed in the team. He has been outstanding – a really, really exciting footballer.
“They want to play out from the back, he is so comfortable on the ball. I hate giving players tags, but he looks like a young Rio Ferdinand. He has got bits to learn, in that he could develop his upper body strength but he is 18, playing against men. He is so calm on the ball, so assured on the ball, his passing range is excellent.”
This provides an insight into the potential Omobamidele has in the game and why Lampard giving him a greater role in the side moving forward could be a positive for Norwich. If he can have a similar effect to the one he had on Tomori then the Canaries could have another extremely valuable asset on their hands, potentially in the dugout and on the pitch, which is why appointing Lampard could be a good decision by Webber.