Chelsea boss Frank Lampard must keep four of his young guns at Stamford Bridge next season, says former Blues striker Tony Cascarino.
Lampard has come in after months of speculation to take over a club that are current Europa League Champions, but are unable to sign any players this window because of their transfer ban, and Cascarino has told Lampard that he needs to keep hold of the likes of Fikayo Tomori, Mason Mount, Ruben Loftus-Cheek and of course Callum Hudson-Odoi.
“I’ll be interested in what Frank does with someone like [Fikayo] Tomori, who he had at Derby, who was a Chelsea loanee to Derby last year,” Cascarino said on the TalkSport website.
“If you asked most Derby fans, he was their best player last year. I think it will be interesting on Mason Mount, what he does with Mason Mount.
“He’s got [Ruben] Loftus-Cheek, he’s got [Callum] Hudson-Odoi. So he’s got lots and lots of good players at his football club.”
Meanwhile, David Luiz is motivated to impress his former team-mate Frank Lampard.
We were reportedly ready to spend big money in the transfer window and reinvent the side, with the club looking to acquire the likes of Kalidou Koulibaly, Alessio Romagnoli or even Tody Alderweireld, but those plans have been put on hold.
But we are facing a transfer ban will does not allow us to acquire any new players in the coming transfer windows, meaning the clubs hierarchy decided to hand Luiz a new deal as they would have been left short if he decided to leave the club.
“He’s someone who knows what it means to be at Chelsea and understands the DNA of this club. We are working well so far, everyone is getting along and the sessions have been great.
“Lamps, or should I say ‘Gaffer’, is now our leader and he’s going to try to do everything he can like he did when he was a player, and now it’s up to us to help him build the spirit and the philosophy around the club to be successful.”