Paul Merson believes that Frank Lampard’s biggest problem at Chelsea this season will be keeping his entire squad happy.
After a busy summer transfer window, the Blues are now starting to get the reward for their new signings gelling together with the rest of the team and they are certainly moving in the right direction.
Chelsea are fifth in the Premier League table just three points off the top, plus they are in a strong position in their Champions League group.
Pundit Merson is concerned for Chelsea manager Lampard when it comes to keeping harmony in his squad, as there are going to be some big-name players on the sidelines.
“The problem is going to be keeping everyone happy and that’s going to be the hardest job in the world. You are going to have top, top-draw players not playing, and that’s hard,” Merson told Sky Sports.
“Kai Havertz wasn’t even in the squad because he was unwell and Christian Pulisic is injured too. Mateo Kovacic played on Saturday, but he hasn’t been playing. That’s going to be the problem Chelsea have to contend with going forward.
“It’s alright people saying they get £100,000-a-week, they get paid well or whatever, but they want to play football. As a player, you want to play football and that will be Lampard’s biggest challenge going forward.”
It’s difficult at any big club operating with a competitive squad to keep everyone happy, which is why Lampard is going to let down Chelsea players on a regular basis and it’s about how he deals with the fringe men.
But he showed last season his brilliant man-management when it came to keeping Olivier Giroud on side and he appears to be a figure well respected by the group.
The Blues have strengthened significantly with the arrival of some quality individuals and Lampard will be facing a new kind of challenge, but he’d much rather have the dilemma of leaving players out that struggling to find a winning formula.