A contribution piece from Vivek Goutham Kannan
Before we get started… this is not an article which is a compilation of my prediction of results or a bunch of expectations or an expert analysis on players. This article is written in the view of a Chelsea fan, who is excited for the start of the upcoming 2019-20 season.
As we start the season with a transfer ban and a lot of variables, this is a very crucial year for the club as a whole. The club has done a good job in securing the signing of Petr Čech as a Technical and Performance Advisor, and I hope his valuable insights can help us secure top transfers in the future.
The signing of Frank Lampard as Head Coach may have raised a lot of doubts among fans, but for me I am looking forward to him taking up the challenge of managing his club where he has accomplished so much as a player and earned his rightful title as a club legend.
However, as accomplished a player Frank was, as a manager it is a clean slate for him. From what I’ve seen in pre-season, I am excited by this side and the football they play. We will have tough times for sure, but I personally have no doubts about Frank Lampard the coach.
Just as important, Lampard’s team of assistants will be the game changers in the club. Jody Morris, Eddie Newton, Joe Edwards and Chris Jones will add a new dimension to the think tank. This is a young managerial setup with a lot to achieve.
I am looking forward to seeing them work closely with our top youth talent and help them gain a path into the first team; something not many Chelsea academy graduates and other young signings have not had a clear path to for a while. I wish them nothing but the best for the upcoming season and I am sure their inputs will be very helpful for the players and Frank.
Last but not least, I am excited to see our squad in action soon. A deadly blend of youth and experience for sure who are under a new manager with a fresh start for everyone. We may not have the biggest names in the squad this season but I will not be surprised if some of these players go big this season.
The plethora of talented academy graduates available at the club’s disposal along with our ‘new’ signings in Christian Pulisic and Mateo Kovačić have been a Godsend for this expected, transitional year for the club. The likes of Reece James, Callum Hudson-Odoi, Mason Mount and Billy Gilmour are getting their chances to impress as well this season. It’s time for them to step up to the challenge.
Returning loanees such as Kurt Zouma, Michy Batshuayi and Tammy Abraham also have a point to prove to their critics as well whilst we eagerly wait for the return of injured players such as Ruben Loftus for example.
Experienced campaigners Pedro, Willian, Olivier Giroud, David Luiz and club captain César Azpilicueta will add a great deal to the squad this season. And we’ve not even mentioned players such as Jorginho and Emerson who have become pivotal to the club.
The opportunities are there for everyone and it’s time for the players to perform on the pitch. With this, I would like to wish the club, the players, the staff and Frank the best for the season and as always, I will be there cheering on for the club. It’s not the bumpy ride I am bothered about, but the journey I look forward to.