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Given the major changes at Chelsea this summer, it’s no surprise that Frank Lampard has a lot of questions still to answer.

He’s managed Chelsea for more than ten games now, including friendlies, and he’s given a lot of players minutes. While his first team was starting to establish itself in the last couple of weeks, a recent swell of injuries has meant that he’s still got big decisions to make.

The rookie manager has also shown he’s not afraid of changes either. The way he threw Fikayo Tomori in without warning last week proves that, as does his surprise introduction of Billy Gilmour later on in that game against Sheffield United.

Unlike the preceding two coaches, who preferred to stick with the same established group whenever possible, the new man has shown he’s not afraid to mix things up, especially at this early stage of the season. Nobody should be too surprised if he plays another joker – a formation change maybe, a player played in a new position, a youngster thrown in.

The circumstances are ripe for Lampard to surprise everyone once again, and we won’t have to wait long to find out what he’s got in store.


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Will Faulks