If one thing was evident in Chelsea’s defeat to Manchester City yesterday it was just how important Frank Lampard is to the Blues. Granted Didier Drogba didn’t have one of his better games and on another day the result could have easily gone Chelsea’s way, but it is in those types of games that more often than not Lampard steps up to the plate and performs a little bit of magic to turn the game. Lampard has scored more than 20 goals in his last five seasons and without him Chelsea are down one player who can change a game and that can be the difference between winning and losing.
Lampard was ruled out of the match due to a hernia injury, which he has had an operation on, and Chelsea’s number eight looks set to miss the next two games before the international break, including the big one at home to Arsenal in a week’s time. That means that the rest of Chelsea’s midfield will have to get the job done and although they have their fair share of quality players, they are all similar in nature. John Obi Mikel will sit in front of the back four and while both Michael Essien and Ramires will get forward, you wouldn’t class either of them as an attacking midfielder.
One man who may be able to fill that role for Chelsea in the future is 17 year old Josh McEachran. The Stamford Bridge faithful are already raving about this hot prospect, who himself has admitted to The Mirror that “Chelsea say to me, ‘Look at Frank Lampard’. I need to get in the box more and score more and that will help me as a player, so I will try that more this season.” There is no doubting that McEachran will become a top player but that is still some way off just yet. For now Chelsea fans will be hoping that Lampard is back out on the pitch at Stamford Bridge rather than sitting in the stands with Christine Bleakley sooner rather than later.
Here’s a video reporting on the fitness of Lampard prior to the defeat to Man City: