Following the announcement that Chelsea had received a transfer ban from FIFA for two consecutive windows alongside Maurizo Sarri’s departure from West London, the return of Frank Lampard was expected to coincide with increased utilisation of promising younger players at Stamford Bridge.
So far in 2019/20, Lampard has galvanised several of Chelsea’s younger players such as Mason Mount, Tammy Abraham and Fikayo Tomori to the point where – for Mount and Abraham in particular – they are playing prominent roles in the starting XI.
Yet the potential that midfielder Ross Barkley holds and the role he could play for Lampard in the upcoming campaign simply cannot be understated, despite an inconsistent start to the 2019/20 season for the 25-year-old.
Barkley has started three league games under Lampard so far, but the former Everton man came under fire after he missed a penalty in the club’s Champions League defeat. The midfielder has registered two assists in the league during 2019/20, but players such as Mount have so far stolen the headlines with their impressive displays in the final third.
Since arriving at the club from Everton, Barkley has so far failed to nail down a starting berth under any of the managers he has played for, but during preseason the 25-year-old showed glimpses of his potential and was consequently expected to play a considerable role for Lampard in the 2019/20 campaign.
Whilst it may be difficult for Lampard to justify consistently starting a player such as Barkley considering the vast array of attacking options at his disposal, there is no doubting that this could be a player with the potential to make a considerable impact for the Blues; if Lampard can find the faith to consistently start him both domestically and in their Champions League pursuits.