Former Blues star Dennis Wise has named four midfielders who should be Frank Lampard’s first options at Chelsea.
Lampard has made several midfield changes throughout the season, and it is tough to point at his preferred options.
Based on minutes played in the Premier League this season, Mason Mount, Jorginho and Mateo Kovacic have featured the most (Whoscored).
But Mount has also played as a wide player, just like in his role in Chelsea’s 3-1 win over Manchester United at Wembley yesterday.
N’Golo Kante has had multiple spells of injury this season, with his recent hamstring problem has forced him out for the last four games.
Wise who won two FA Cups, one League Cup, and one UEFA Cup Winner’s Cup as a centre-midfielder at Chelsea has an interesting view on Chelsea’s best midfield.
Asked to pick out Chelsea’s best midfield three, Wise said in an online Q&A (quoted by the Express): “I would say the main person is Kante, for sure, and then you can have a mixture of Kovacic, Barkley or Mount.
“I think it would be out of those four to make up the three which sit in there [in a 4-3-3 formation].
“Mason Mount has done extremely well, and Barkley has gone through a spell of really doing well. It’s difficult to give you the three, but one of them for sure is Kante.
“I think he is so important to the team to sit in there.”
The former Chelsea captain explained Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Billy Gilmour’s exclusion saying the former is still recovering after a year-long injury while the latter is still too young and still developing.
“I think definitely Kante and then two out of the three that I mentioned – Kovacic, Barkley and Mount. It’s a great problem to have,” he added.
“Mount has done extremely well in spells, and so has Barkley and so has Kovacic – it’s very difficult to break them up.”
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