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Frank Lampard told how to unleash Ziyech, Havertz, Pulisic and Werner for Chelsea vs Southampton

The Chelsea head coach could have Hakim Ziyech, Kai Havertz, Christian Pulisic, and Timo Werner all available for Saturday’s Premier League clash against Southampton

Frank Lampard could have the luxury of an almost fully fit Chelsea squad to choose from against Southampton.

The Blues head coach has overseen a mixed start to the season as defeat to Liverpool and a 3-3 draw away at West Brom has highlighted there’s still room for improvement despite spending over £200m on new players in the summer.

Of the new first-team recruits, five have made their debuts while Malang Sarr has joined Porto on a season-long loan deal.

Five could soon become six as Hakim Ziyech is in line to make his competitive bow at the weekend after making an appearance for Morocco whilst on international duty.

That means Blues fans could see the 27-year-old in the same team as Kai Havertz, Christian Pulisic, and Timo Werner for the very first time at Stamford Bridge.

Should Lampard opt to field the quartet at the same time against the Saints, he’s already been told that Havertz must be the focal point.

“I see him as a Firmino-type player where he knits it together,” ex-Chelsea midfielder Joe Cole said on BT Sport. “So you want him playing central, you want him in these positions.

“He’s got spacial awareness where he can bring players into the game.

“Frank played him off the right in this game (vs Brighton) where he was largely ineffectual and this (positional heatmap) highlights it brilliantly.

“When you have a player of his quality, anytime he receives the ball, anyone of those positions he can hurt you.

“When you play in this position you have to understand how to make space.

“I think he will score lots of goals from this position.

“Players are going to love playing with him, like how [Liverpool] players love playing with Firmino.

“He’s such an exciting player and I feel his impact on this Chelsea team will not just be goals and assists, but bringing the best out of the likes of Pulisic, [Mason] Mount, Callum [Hudson-Odoi] and Tammy [Abraham] because he can knit it together.”

 

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