The Blues have been tipped to compete with Liverpool & Man City for the PL title next season, so they'll only need to keep the best and clear out the rest! Tribuna.com takes a look at 5 Chelsea stars who could be out-of-favour next term.
Jorginho was Chelsea's undisputed first-choice regista prior to the lockdown but the Italy international found regular minutes hard to come by following the restart, with Lampard opting for N'Golo Kante in the holding midfield role.
Lampard has hailed him as a 'top-quality' player but Jorginho's days at Stamford Bridge could be numbered for a number of reasons, ranging from his lack of defensive awareness to the availability of more dynamic options.
2. Kepa Arrizabalaga
The Spaniard has been criticised several times this season for failing to keep the ball out of the net from distance, not to mention his ineptness in dealing with aerial balls and crosses delivered into the box.
Stats show that the 25-year-old has been the worst-ever goalkeeper in the history of the PL. That, coupled with his omission from Chelsea's starting XI in the final game of the season against Wolves, is a clear statement that Lampard has lost trust in his abilities.
The Sun recently reported that the 25-year-old, who is currently on £150,000-a-week at Stamford Bridge, is willing to take a pay cut to leave Chelsea, although reports elsewhere have suggested that the Blues won't consider selling him for anything below £50m.
3. Emerson Palmieri
A regular fixture in Lampard's starting XI during the first half of the previous campaign, Emerson lost his place all of a sudden before the lockdown following a string of poor defensive displays and has since cut a forlorn figure on the bench.
The 25-year-old's only start since the resumption of the campaign came in the FA Cup quarter-final win against Leicester.
4. Michy Batshuayi
A return of 6 goals in 24 appearances across all competitions this season isn't a bad result for Batshuayi, who has very rarely been selected as a starter by Lampard.
Now, with Timo Werner expected to lead the line for the Blues next term, it seems pretty clear that Batshuayi will need to seek a move away from Stamford Bridge to rejuvenate his career.
Frank Lampard's frustration with the Belgian was evident after a photo from an in-house game between the Blues: Batshuayi was one of just two players without a squad number and was not included in either team.
The likes of Tiemoue Bakayoko, Danny Drinkwater, Victor Moses, Baba Rahman, and Davide Zappacosta have already been deemed surplus to requirements and are currently spending time in the club's loan army.
To that end, it would be a real bonus if the Blues manage to find potential suitors for some of their wantaway stars!
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