Chelsea looked to be heading for their first win of the season, but a party-pooper in the form of Wilfred Ndidi sent an arrow through the hearts of his opponents and their fans as he headed in an equalizer midway into the second half to resign Chelsea to a draw.
After losing to Manchester United in the opening day of the season the Blues would have been hoping to get their season on track, but it wasn’t to be.
Chelsea manager Frank Lampard hasn’t had a warm introduction to topflight coaching, the Chelsea legend has had to deal with a transfer ban that prevented the club from making any signings (bar Kovacic and Pulisic) leaving him to make up a squad from a bunch of youngsters, old legs and a fraction of returning loan army, added to the loss of key player Eden Hazard and David Luiz to Real Madrid and Arsenal.
But all is not doom and gloom at Stamford Bridge, even with the restrictions in place, Lampard still has some exciting players to call on. Youngster Callum Hudson-Odoi – who has been linked with a move to Bayern for the past six months – is still at the club and is rumoured to be set to put pen to paper on a new deal. Another exciting youngster is Mason Mount who was on loan at Derby last season, he will be a valuable asset for Lampard who worked with the kid last season.
Christian Pulisic is yet another who could shine bright under Lampard’s tutelage. The American was bought from Dortmund in January and he is expected to fill the gap created by the sale of Hazard.
It’s still early in the season so Chelsea can still challenge the likes of Manchester City and Liverpool for the title. All Lampard has to do is blend the young with old, insert some form of leadership in the team and start looking to get 3 points on every matchday starting with the lunchtime visit to Norwich on Saturday.