Pundit highlights Frank Lampard's Havertz and Mount problem - The Chelsea Chronicle

Pundit highlights Frank Lampard's Havertz and Mount problem

Football commentator Ian Darke says Frank Lampard could have a problem finding room for Chelsea’s talented attackers, particularly Kai Havertz and Mason Mount, in his line-up.

The Chelsea manager previously spoke about how the lack of pre-season has forced him to experiment with tactics and systems during games.

We all saw it on Wednesday when Lampard reverted to 4-3-3 with two No.8s in Havertz and Mount and N’Golo Kante at the base of the midfield three, having started the game against Krasnodar with a 4-2-3-1 with Jorginho and Mateo Kovacic in midfield.

(Photo by Darren Walsh/Chelsea FC via Getty Images)

This was just the second time Mount and Havertz played together in midfield (the first time was in the second half of the 3-3 draw against West Brom) and it would likely be the only viable way Lampard could fit the two attacking midfielders together on the pitch.

Obviously, Lampard could field either of the two on either flank, but it is very clear that both Mount and Havertz prefer to operate in a more central area.

Darke believes this could be a problem for Lampard, who has so many talented players at his disposal.

(Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)

He told ESPN FC: “One issue I could see is Kai Havertz’s coming to the side and he starts just about all the time.

“Mason Mount is a very similar kind of player, a very talented one.

“So is there room for both of those two together, [even though] Mount came on [against Krasnodar on Wednesday]?

“It all feels like Frank Lampard has got these star-studded casts and he’s somehow trying to be the director of a great movie – and it isn’t quite convincing yet.”

(Photo by Chris Lee/Chelsea FC)

Darke further argued that Lampard is spoiled for choice in the attacking areas and highlighted how Olivier Giroud, who was Lampard’s first-choice striker at the end of last season, has rarely started since Timo Werner’s arrival.

“I worked it out, they’ve got eight players for those front four positions,” he added.

“You could say it’s a nice problem to have but keeping everybody happy might be a problem for Frank.”

Gerry is a Chelsea supporter who has more than five years of experience in online publishing. He started out writing for Chelsea fan blogs during his high school years, before writing for several local sport news outlets. After graduating in NCTJ-accredited sports journalism MA at the University of Sunderland, he has worked as a freelance writer for The Chelsea Chronicle since 2020. He is a big fan of football statistics and strongly believes that sooner or later, the xG Gods always catch up. He is also a proud member of Michael Ballack fan club.