Newly appointed Chelsea manager Frank Lampard has insisted that all the squad players at the club will be given chances to impress him and that everyone start with a clean slate, ignoring their performances of the past.
The Blues legend was appointed as manager following the departure of Maurizio Sarri to Juventus after a successful season where they finished third in the Premier League, securing Champions League football, won the Europa League and reached the Carabao Cup final.
Following his move from Derby County, Lampard exuded optimism, wanting the fans to feel home and promising to deliver on their expectations, a far cry from Sarri, who was unable to form a connection with the fans.
Further, the former attacking midfielder stressed the need to have a talented and deep squad, something he used well while at Derby.
“Everybody who joins up tomorrow, and it will be staggered, will have the opportunity to show what they can do, their attitude, the way they play and train in pre-season onwards,” he said, as reported by Goal.
“I would be a fool to come here with ideas about ‘I’m going to freeze anybody out’. I want to get the best out of the squad. Everybody has an opportunity. I have no pre-conceived ideas about anybody, I have got good knowledge of the squad but I need to see them over the next month.”
This could give players like Danny Drinkwater and Davide Zappacosta, who were frozen out under Maurizio Sarri, chances to impress during pre-season.