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Frank Lampard will be looking at life with a rosier tint this week.
After throwing away a 2-0 lead against Sheffield United, Chelsea travelled to Molineux on Saturday to face a Wolves side that qualified for the Europa League in 2018/19. This could have been a tricky assignment, but the home side were no match for the Blues, who ended up dispatching the Midlands outfit 5-2.
It was an impressive performance from Lampard’s men, especially considering that the likes of N’Golo Kante, Emerson and Ruben Loftus-Cheek were all absent from the XI.
Indeed, Emerson was replaced in the starting XI by Marcos Alonso, who slotted in on the left of a four-man midfield.
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While Emerson has had a good start to the campaign, averaging 7.57 across his first four Premier League matches, the former Bolton and Sunderland man will have certainly given his boss a decision to make when he has both of his left-back options available.
At the weekend, the Spain international was one of Chelsea’s best players, as his 7.69 WhoScored rating indicates.
Down his flank, he was decisive. While he may not have the dribbling ability of Emerson – he was unable to beat his man on a single occasion, whilst the 25-year-old Italy international has done so twice on average per appearance so far this term – his passing accuracy stood out. His 87.2% was bettered by only three starting teammates, and he was even able to provide an assist for the second of Tammy Abraham’s three goals.
Gifted the opportunity to prove his worth to his manager, Alonso did exactly that – leaving Lampard with a key decision to make down Chelsea’s left-hand side.