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Todd Boehly makes the first Chelsea move to get back Frank Lampard in order to prevent Liverpool’s error

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Todd Boehly makes the first Chelsea move to get back Frank Lampard in order to prevent Liverpool's error

It’s fair to say Todd Boehly has not hung around in getting his feet under the table at Stamford Bridge. After a long and protracted takeover saga in the summer, the American billionaire is well and truly in control in the blue part of west London…………  READ FULL ARTICLE

Marina Granovskaia, Bruce Buck and Petr Cech were all big-name departures behind the scenes, while it did not take long for Boehly to sack his manager either – Thomas Tuchel biting the bullet just a month into the season. The German was replaced by Englishman Graham Potter and it is a sure-fire sign of things to change in the Boehly era.

Potter will be expected to bring his refreshing brand of attacking football from Brighton to the Bridge. We have only been able to see one game with him at the helm so far – a 1-1 draw with RB Salzburg in the Champions League.

There is clearly more to come from Potter and his Blues and there is one area that he will have to wait for a transfer window to work on – the average age of the squad he has at his disposal.

Under Tuchel, Chelsea had – and still have – one of the oldest squads in the Premier League, according to the CIES Football Observatory. The Blues have eight players aged 30 and over and the average age of the squad stands at 27.8.

Only Fulham and West Ham have an older squad average age than Chelsea, with Liverpool also at 27.8. And with Liverpool and Chelsea both struggling to maintain the early season form of the likes of Arsenal and Manchester City, age perhaps does matter. And it may be one of the things Potter has been employed to sort.

Under Frank Lampard, Chelsea were praised for bringing through the young talent they had coming through their academy with the likes of Mason Mount, Callum Hudson-Odoi and Reece James flourishing. Add to that young signings in Kai Havertz and Timo Werner and the Blues were a youthful side.

That is not the case now. In Lampard’s two seasons with the Blues his lineups over the course of each season had an average age of 25.3 and 25.8 – the fourth youngest and seventh youngest in those campaigns.

Potter may be keen to address that in the upcoming transfer windows and even give some more young players at Cobham their chance in the first team. He has, after all, been known to progress youth, with Brighton having the sixth youngest (2020/21) and seventh youngest (2021/22) average age of players used in the season. Albeit the average age of their squad this year, according to the CIES Football Observatory is 27.6, barely any different to Chelsea.

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