Report: Lampard could give 20-year-old Chelsea chance next season after impressive loan
Matt Law suggests that Marc Guehi could be a Chelsea player permanently by this summer, following a successful loan spell at Swansea City.
In his weekly Chelsea briefing, the Telegraph’s Football News Correspondent shared that the young defender is already being measured for a place in the senior-team next season.
Guehi has been outstanding for Swansea in the Championship since his loan move last January, a deal that was extended until the end of 2020/21 after impressing on the Welsh coast.
Frank Lampard is going through a centre-back cycle at the moment, with a variety of possibilities swirling round about who will be staying at Stamford Bridge or who will be out the door.
Law said that Chelsea would “ideally go into next season with four center-back options.”
Guehi may be part of Lampard’s thinking, especially as he was dubbed “the best defender in the Championship” by Law himself.
The 20-year-old has been one of the outstanding figures for Steve Cooper, missing just three league games as an ever-present at the heart of the Swans defence.
Cooper described him as “athletic”, “a calming influence” and that he can “play comfortably on the ball”.
Chelsea will be monitoring this notable progression, not only out of pride but to assess him against the options they currently have in his position.
The futures of Antonio Rudiger, Andreas Christensen, and in particular, Fikayo Tomori are up in the air, as Lampard tries to slim down his swollen squad.
Although this may be music to the ears of Guehi and his representatives, there many external factors that could disrupt the reunion with his boyhood club.
It may depend on whether Tomori settles on an extended loan-spell or returns to Chelsea indefinitely.
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Guehi is certainly earning rave reviews from his performances in an extremely difficult division, so the quality is clearly there.
It would also be massive for Chelsea to have another academy product in their ranks and to be given a chance in the big time.
However, we have been down this similar road with Tomori himself; exciting in the Championship, recalled to Chelsea, strong debut campaign then ushered into the wings. I wouldn’t want another to fall by this sword.