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Where does Lampard fit at Chelsea?

Surplus to requirements? (©GettyImages)
Surplus to requirements? (©GettyImages).

Chelsea veteran Frank Lampard has given over a decade of loyal service to the west London club, but where does he fit in Jose Mourinho's side?

Benitez's short reign at Chelsea was not a great time for Lampard as he was no longer one of the first names on the team-sheet for the blues.

He could however be experiencing this more and more under returning manager Mourinho, as the Portuguese tactician looks to build for the future.

Chelsea have already stocked up on potential Lampard replacements with the likes of Oscar, Kevin De Bruyne and Marco van Ginkel all joining the side.

Dutch youngster Van Ginkel is perhaps most like Lampard with his box-to-box ability, on-point passing and explorative shooting range.

It has been reported that he would only move to Chelsea with the promise of first-team football as he wishes to be included in the Holland squad for next year's World Cup.

If this is so, it suggests that Mourinho is creating an 'out with the old, in with the new' revolving door at Chelsea with the older players being replaced by brighter, younger versions of themselves, a perfect example of this is Romelu Lukaku and Didier Drogba.

Lampard showed in the latter stages of last season that he can still do his part for the Chelsea team, more-or-less securing a top four spot for them with a classy brace at Villa Park, making him the clubs all-time top goalscorer.

He does however come with a sacrifice. He is easily out-run in the midfield and often leaves the back four exposed with his erratic attacking bursts.

Experience is a key part of every squad and Lampard has that in abundance, however you get the idea that he will not be seeing as many first team opportunities as he did in Mourinho's previous spell as Chelsea manager.

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