It is very likely that Derby County manager and former Chelsea legend Frank Lampard, will be taking over the managerial hot seat at Stamford Bridge within the next few days and he could not be taking over at a more crucial time in the clubs recent history.
Chelsea face multiple issues over the next 12 months and Lampard will have to deal with them effectively if he is to remain in charge for the long term
The task ahead is huge and Lampard will not have much time for a honeymoon period.
Inability to sign new players
The transfer ban is a huge handicap that Lampard will have to overcome but Chelsea do have an abundance of players out on loan and a rich selection of youth team players to choose from so it is not the end of the world but it will not be easy for sure.
Replacing Eden Hazard
The Belgium superstar will have to be replaced from within and that decision more than any other could easily define Lampard’s tenure at the club.
Where to play N’Golo Kante
Maurizio Sarri loved playing Kante out of position and while the player did finally adapt he is clearly better in the central midfield and Lampard will have to decide whether to bring him back to his position or keep him on where Sarri did.
What to do with Callum Hudson Odoi
The young lad is an immense talent and became so frustrated at lack of first-team opportunities that he actually submitted a transfer request, he has just 12 months left on his contract and his future will need to be resolved straight away, the last thing the club will want is to lose such a huge talent. Maybe he could fulfil the Hazard role once he returns from injury.
What style of play to introduce
The fans did not like Sarri ball and there is no way that Lampard will continue with that style of play and so the big question is what way will Chelsea play under their record high goal scorer. Get that wrong and Lampard will be gone sooner than he imagines no matter what assurances Roman Abramovich has given him.