Reece James and Callum Hudson-Odoi are both in line to start Saturday’s match against Brighton after the pair single-handedly tore apart Grimsby’s defence in midweek.
Billy Gilmour also dazzled on and off the ball with some crisp passing play to break the lines and ease Chelsea’s transition play. The 18-year-old will now be eager to make the step up to the Premier League after making his first start under the lights at Stamford Bridge.
There are of course still question marks over the personnel Lampard will pick in defence, as he tries desperately to earn his first clean sheet of the season – only under Ruud Gullit have the Blues gone on a longer run without a clean sheet (16 games between September and December 1996).
Kurt Zouma was more impressive in attack than defence, scoring once and earning the penalty from which Pedro then scored but this came only after the Frenchman had been caught ball watching for Grimsby’s only goal of the game.
Injuries in key positions, especially at the back, will dictate much of Lampard’s decision making but the returns of James and Hudson-Odoi have now added some much-needed depth to Chelsea’s squad ahead of a crucial run of fixtures.
Returns to the side after a much-needed break. His save success rate this season has been disappointing and he will need to start positioning himself better if he wants to grab that elusive first clean sheet.
After the buzz of Wednesday night, in which James grabbed his first Chelsea goal, the youngster will be itching to get out there and make his Premier League debut. Azpilicueta’s role as captain may, however, have a bearing on whether James is given the opportunity to shine.
Has shown himself to be one of Chelsea’s most reliable options in defence this season, and with Christensen unlikely to make a return to full fitness in time for the game the 21-year-old has another chance to impress.
Continues to look like a less stylish reincarnation of a David Luiz, his awkward style does him few favours and he always looks vulnerable to the press.
In the absence of Emerson, the Spaniard needs to put together a run of consistent performances that display discipline but also a knowledge of when to get forward and provide an overlap or underlap. His crossing has looked far better in recent weeks but he needs to get beyond his man to add some variety to his game.
This is exactly the sort of game where Kante’s energy can inject some much-needed impetus to Chelsea’s play as they try and counter what will surely be a resolute and methodical approach from Brighton as they look to slow the game down.
The Italian will enjoy a lot of time on the ball and he needs to ensure his passing is quick and direct. His movement must also look to break forward and receiving the ball on the half-turn will help a lot. He could do a lot worse than look at Gilmour’s display against Grimsby for inspiration.
Has been guilty of failing to try and dribble past his marker in recent weeks. A return to his early-season form would be welcome, displaying simplicity with dynamism and progressing the ball at pace from deep.
Offered an unpredictability that has been lacking for much of this season against Grimsby. The Spaniard needs to be more willing to turn and run at defenders or at least make the runs which will allow for an overlap.
Has another chance to continue his fine run of form against a Brighton side currently struggling to get points on the board. In Shane Duffy and Lewis Dunk he will find a physical battle and he needs to be selfless in making runs in behind to try and stretch the Seagulls’ defence instead of trying to match them aerially.
With Hudson-Odoi having played the full 90 against Grimsby he will likely make his impact off the bench, whilst Mount was rested against Grimsby having impressed against Liverpool.