The Blues’ spending spree last summer means competition is now fiercer than at any point in Lampard’s reign, but here are three Blues stars hoping to make an impression in 2021…
The Scottish midfielder has already made his breakthrough, but it can’t be long before he’s fully established in the heart of Chelsea’s midfield.
It’s easy to forget that Gilmour has made fewer than 10 first-team starts because he looks so at home every time he gets the chance.
Roy Keane only needed to watch a few minutes of Gilmour in action to declare him “world class” – and even at the age of 19 it is easy to see why there is so much excitement around him.
Frank Lampard is blessed with options in midfield – so much so, he could afford to send Ross Barkley and Ruben Loftus-Cheek out on loan this season – but it can’t be long before Gilmour is a mainstay.
Currently on loan at West Brom, Gallagher has earned comparisons with Lampard as a box-to-box midfielder with an eye for goal.
Competition for places in Chelsea’s midfield is extremely high – with Gilmour at the head of the queue when it comes to the next generation making their breakthrough.
But the 20-year-old only needs to look at Mason Mount’s ascent after a successful loan at Derby to see what’s possible if he continues to impress at West Brom.
Even if he doesn’t find a place at Chelsea, he could secure himself a permanent move elsewhere if he continues his progress.
We have seen a glimpse of the 19-year-old winger already this season after his start against Krasnodar in the Champions League.
A real threat when running with the ball at pace, he has an impressive touch and movement.
Lampard was confident enough in his ability to make an impact at first team level to promote him to the senior squad after injuries to Hakim Ziyech and Callum Hudson-Odoi in December.
With so much depth in wide areas he will face competition to establish himself, but he is highly thought of by club coaches.