Chelsea icon Frank Leboeuf believes Christian Pulisic and Kai Havertz are not in Frank Lampard's best XI yet.
Lampard has a wide variety of attack options. While Paul Merson described it as "a problem", it is certainly not something a manager would complain about when several talented players compete for places in the squad.
But Merson had a point. These players want to play football regularly.
Chelsea secured a convincing 4-1 victory over Sheffield United on Saturday, despite the absences of two highly-rated attackers in Pulisic and Havertz.
Former Chelsea defender Leboeuf certainly liked the Chelsea team in that game, and he even argued that Mateo Kovacic and Tammy Abraham gave the Blues a better balance compared to the two absentees.
Leboeuf told ESPN FC as cited by Sports Central when asked whether Pulisic and Havertz are not in Chelsea’s strongest line-up“Right now, I would say yes. “I said that, Havertz, I wasn’t convinced by his performances. “Havertz is a diamond, he is going to be shining very, very soon for the club. [He still] he has to adapt English football, to his teammates, but it is not the case at the moment.
While in Pulisic’s case, Leboeuf believes that Tammy Abraham has helped bring the best of Timo Werner who now operates as a left winger.
He said: “It’s true that Abraham playing as a striker is better for Werner. “And I believe the team is more balanced the way they played.
Lampard might share a similar idea with Leboeuf regarding Abraham and Werner since the manager has spoken about his plan to use the Germany international on the left flank.
Lampard clearly sees something in Havertz that Lebouef doesn’t, however.
The former Bayer Leverkusen ace started seven of Chelsea’s eight league games this season, and he only missed out on the Sheffield United match after testing positive for Covid-19..
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