Chelsea boss Frank Lampard is well informed when it comes to Championship football, as he spent his first year in management at Derby County in England’s second-tier before taking charge at Stamford Bridge at the beginning of last season.
He integrated a host of Blues academy players during his first campaign in charge and last year they helped the club finish fourth in the Premier League, which set up the recent transfer business to sign top-class talent.
Mason Mount, Fikayo Tomori, Reece James and Tammy Abraham are Chelsea first-team players now after coming through the club’s academy, but they all spent time out on loan in the Championship during the 2018/19 season to help their development.
It’s an extremely competitive division where rising talents can really establish themselves in senior football and Chelsea may have another gem currently making a name for himself in the Football League.
Marc Guehi is one of the numerous Blues players out on loan this season away from Stamford Bridge and he joined Swansea City for the entire campaign, after spending the second half of last season with them as well.
The 20-year-old defender has played every single league minute for them so far and has been key to helping them be in the mix for the automatic promotion positions in the Championship table.
His Swansea team have conceded just six goals in the opening 10 games, with the Chelsea man a vocal leader in their backline that sets the tone for others.
The ball-playing centre-back looks dominant in the Championship with his composure in possession, but at the same time he’s an athletic, powerful and quick youngster that is proving a nightmare for opposition strikers.
Guehi is receiving widespread praise for his Swansea performances and Lampard should certainly be excited by him, as he looks like someone that wouldn’t be out of his depth in a Premier League team and may be a potential first teamer at Chelsea.