Chelsea’s record-goalscorer could be tasked with leading a new era of Chelsea Football Club, but his ideas clash with another key figure of Chelsea’s next era, Callum Hudson-Odoi.
Lampard tends to line up with a 4-3-3 or 4-2-3-1 using two inverted wingers and one striker. Lampard’s wingers are required to move inside and support the striker, almost playing as number tens.
Harry Wilson is a perfect example of the prototypical Lampard winger. Traditionally an attacking midfielder, Wilson’s primary skills are those normally attributed to number tens rather than out-and-out wide men. The Liverpool loanee lacks blistering pace but excels at passing and providing through balls, while also possessing a wicked left foot.
Featuring predominantly from the right wing this season and with just 0.5 successful take-ons per game, the 22-year old normally doesn’t try to beat his full-back down the wing, instead preferring to cut inside onto his left foot and link up with the striker.
During Derby’s 4-2 playoff semi-final victory against Leeds, the Englishman drifted all over the attacking half of the pitch while occupying central areas with regularity, and in the end Derby’s system became a diamond rather than a 4-2-3-1 or 4-3-3 – a formation that didn’t use wingers at all.
If Wilson is the blueprint for Lampard’s ideal winger – or at the very least, wide attacker – then Hudson-Odoi is the opposite. Blessed with tremendous pace and dribbling ability, the 18-year old has developed as a natural wide man.
The England international looks to hug the touchline, take players on and put crosses into the box. Hudson-Odoi’s 1.2 successful dribbled per game in the Premier League and 3.2 successful dribbles per game in the Europa League dwarf Wilson’s returns.
Hudson-Odoi’s last full 90-minute appearance for Chelsea saw him star in April’s 3-0 win against Brighton at Stamford Bridge, picking up an assist in the comfortable victory. The striking aspect of the winger’s performance was that he barely saw the middle of the pitch, instead marooning himself on either wing.
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The teenage sensation’s performance was the exact type that has earned him so many plaudits as he hugged the touchline and hit Brighton with his direct pace on the ball.
Hudson-Odoi is no doubt a supremely talented player and could certainly adapt to Lampard’s system. But coming off a severe achilles tendon injury and forced to learn a slightly different trade, the gem of Chelsea’s academy could have a tough time emulating Wilson and earning a major role within Lampard’s starting XI.