What can we expect to see from Frank Lampard’s new team this season?

After just one season in management, Frank Lampard has become manager of his former club Chelsea.

He returns to Stamford Bridge at a potentially difficult time with Eden Hazard having departed and a transfer ban.

Just what can we expect Lampard to achieve in his first season as manager?

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It’s not that bad a season when you win the Europa League, finish third in the Premier League and reach the final of the Carabao Cup.

That’s what Chelsea did last season but still their fans and owner weren’t totally impressed.

Life after Eden Hazard

There will be plenty of speculation online by tipsters for football with excellent and informative opinions on how Lampard will fare at Stamford Bridge.

No doubt they will look at not just life under Lampard but how Chelsea will cope without Eden Hazard.

Transfer ban

Normally Chelsea would just go out and sign a host of new players to replace him.

Cue problem number two for Lampard, the Chelsea transfer ban.

The Blues are unable to sign players for the next two windows.

You can only imagine how much their Premier League rivals will strengthen their teams during this summer and next January.

They have had one slice of luck as the permanent signing of Mateo Kovacic for £40 million; he was on loan from Real Madrid so already registered.

He made 32 appearances for Chelsea last season but has yet to score for them.

Come back to The Bridge

The transfer ban doesn’t mean Chelsea won’t be ‘recruiting’ players from other teams.

They have a host of players out on loan and Lampard must decide which to call back to Stamford Bridge.

He’s already familiar with one as Mason Mount was on loan at Derby County last season.

The new Chelsea boss has already indicated that he wants Mount back at Chelsea.

Tammy Abraham is another player who’s been out on loan but could make a sizeable impact back at Chelsea.

Then there’s Kenedy who has been on loan at Newcastle United and Victor Moses at Fenerbahce.

Perhaps Lampard could also bring Danny Drinkwater back out of the wilderness?

Baptism of fire

Chelsea have a difficult start to the season with an opening fixture away to Manchester United.

After that though they take on Leicester City, Norwich City and Sheffield United, three winnable games there that will help Lampard’s new team gain some confidence.

One reason Chelsea fans are keen to have Lampard on board is because he’ll give young players a chance.

Players such as Callum Hudson-Odoi and Ruben Loftus-Cheek could become even more important to Chelsea this season.

A look through the Chelsea squad doesn’t cause much alarm.

It’s full of talented players and while a title challenge looks unlikely, qualification for Europe is a strong possibility.

Chelsea fans will hope that will be for the Champions League, but they may well have to be satisfied with the Europa League for now.

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