Chelsea boss Frank Lampard has a giant choice to make on Saturday when Crystal Palace journey to Stamford Bridge.
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Not many would’ve anticipated the Eagles to have extra factors than the Blues after three video games this season, and questions linger over Lampard’s aspect following a convincing defeat in opposition to Liverpool and a really unconvincing draw at West Brom.
However in fact, Lampard may need anticipated a sluggish begin from his newly assembled aspect, given their lack of pre-season and numerous accidents.
With Timo Werner and Kai Havertz taking time to heat to the Premier League, Thiago Silva and Ben Chilwell have solely simply develop into accessible.
In the meantime, Hakim Ziyech is but to characteristic as a consequence of damage and the identical applies to final season’s star man Christian Pulisic.
The Blues are getting nearer to full-strength, with Ziyech and Pulisic returning to health, plus Chelsea have signed a goalkeeper.
That’s Lampard’s huge choice on Saturday: Edouard Mendy or Kepa Arrizabalaga?
Regardless of failing to maintain out any of Tottenham’s penalties within the Carabao Cup defeat on Tuesday, Mendy was spectacular throughout regular time.
Signed from Rennes for round £22million, it’s possible the unique intention was for Mendy to push Kepa and supply competitors.
That is the primary huge transfer for the Senegal worldwide, who’s 28, and Chelsea may have damaged the financial institution for somebody like Jan Oblak or Marc-Andre ter Stegen in the event that they have been in search of a brand new No. 1.
However given the continuation of Kepa’s surprising kind this season, Lampard will probably be tempted to lastly hand over on the world’s costliest goalkeeper and provides Mendy an opportunity to develop into the membership’s new first-choice, beginning on Saturday.
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Pulisic is lastly match sufficient to make Chelsea’s squad for the primary time this season for the Eagles conflict, having shaken off a niggling hamstring damage.
Lampard mentioned the USA ahead isn’t match sufficient to start out, however the Chelsea boss is worked up to see his new quantity 10 again in motion.
“Pulisic is within the squad for tomorrow; he received’t begin the match due to the damage he’s had, and it’s been a tough damage,” mentioned Lampard.
“I’m eager to get him again in there, so it’s nice to have him again in there for himself and for the increase he’ll give the workforce. He’s an necessary participant for us.
“Hakim Ziyech is getting nearer, however he’s not fairly match sufficient to be on the bench.”
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