Frank Lampard Proposes Exciting New Role for Enzo Fernandez at Chelsea in Upcoming Season
Enzo Fernandez, according to Frank Lampard, can thrive in a more advanced midfield role for Chelsea next season.
Enzo Fernandez, according to Frank Lampard, can thrive in a more advanced role for Chelsea next season.
When he joined the Blues from Benfica in January for £106 million, the Argentina international became the most expensive player in Premier League history.
After starring in central midfield for Argentina during their World Cup triumph, the 22-year-old was employed in a double pivot by Graham Potter before being moved to a midfield three by Lampard.
However, the Chelsea interim manager believes Fernandez will excel farther up the pitch next season.
‘My own opinion on Enzo is that he can definitely play in all midfield spots, but seeing him train and play, I get the impression that he has more to give than simply a single No 6,’ Lampard added. ‘He can play as a double No. 6 or as a No. 8 where he can contribute more to the game.
‘I haven’t actually asked him that (best role) question. In my time here, he’s simply been the most natural No. 6 in a midfield that doesn’t have many natural No. 6.
‘Fair play to him, he’s never once said to me, ‘That’s not for me’. His attitude is to do his best for the team, but I believe he can contribute more to the game in the future. We saw snippets of it against Manchester City, where he played in a double No 6 much higher up the pitch, and he has a great eye for playing forward.
‘That’s something I believe we as a team haven’t done enough of: going forward and being more direct higher up the pitch, finding passes that really test the opposition. Enzo can make that pass, therefore playing further up the field is beneficial to him.’
While many of Chelsea’s January signings have struggled to make an impact, Fernandez has started every game since making his debut in February, and Lampard believes he will play a significant role in Chelsea’s future success.
‘He gets what’s required in training. He gets what’s required to be a Chelsea player. He’s got a high talent.
‘Some players just get it. I keep talking about giving players time. But when you work with someone, you understand it very quickly, and I think he gets it.
‘I’ve been really impressed with him as a player, his attitude to training, his attitude to games, his determination. There is something about him. He doesn’t speak the language much at all but he’s learning fast. I’ve got a lot of faith that Enzo will be a big part of what happens in the future of this club.
‘I feel for him a little bit. He’s had a massive move to the Premier League. He’s won the World Cup. He should be sitting back at the end of this season quite rightly putting his feet up and saying: ‘What a year.’ But in terms of how he can affect the future, I see him as being essential to the future.’