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Frank Lampard has been made favourite to take over at Norwich after Daniel Farke was sacked despite beating Brentford 2-1 on Saturday. The former Chelsea boss continues to have a close relationship with the club, and could turn to his previous employers as he looks for stars.
Another weekend of Premier League action marks another managerial sacking, and the honeymoon periods are over as the division begins to seriously take shape.
Daniel Farke was one casualty on Saturday despite claiming his first win of the season, and Frank Lampard has been made the favourite to replace the German as Norwich boss.
Lampard would have an almighty job in his hands, and just like he did in his first role at Derby, the former Chelsea legend could turn to Stamford Bridge to bolster his squad with players either deemed surplus to requirements, or stars that are awaiting a chance on the big stage.
The former Derby boss had the likes of Mason Mount and Fikayo Tomori to thank for his impressive spell in the Championship, and he could play it safe once again due to the fact that Lampard only left Chelsea in January.
Here Express Sport take a look at 5 Chelsea players that Lampard could sign if he becomes Norwich boss.
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Charly Musonda is one of Chelsea’s infamous ‘forgotten stars’, and the Belgian has been loaned out three times during his career at Stamford Bridge but to no avail.
However, despite arriving at the club in 2012, the Belgian has finally confirmed that he will be departing at the end of the season, as he said: “Free agent, June 2022. Enjoying the final ride, while training and slowly getting ready for what lies ahead, with continued faith and optimism.”
The 25-year-old still has a lot to offer, and with his contract expiring next summer, Lampard could land a cut-price deal with his former club, as Musonda only has a market value of £900,000 according to Transfermarkt.
A test at relegation threatened Norwich could be the perfect opportunity to spark his career into life.
George McEachran was part of England’s U-17 World Cup winning side back in 2017, and the now 21-year-old still has a bright future ahead despite failing to break into the Chelsea team.
McEachran’s contract is due to expire next summer, and the youngster has been in good form for Chelsea’s Premier League 2 side this season, scoring twice in eight appearances.
The Englishman has also featured in every EFL Trophy match for Chelsea this season, assisting once as his side beat Bristol Rovers 2-1 away from home.
McEachran has a market value of just £900,000 according to Transfermarkt, and Lampard always has a soft spot for an English midfielder.
Tariq Uwakwe is also out of contract next summer, but the 21-year-old enjoyed an extremely successful loan spell at Accrington Stanley last season, finishing 11th and narrowly missing out on the play-offs.
Although brought through the academy as a central midfielder, Uwakwe has gravitated towards the left, and scored a hat-trick against Leeds U23s last season during a 7-0 thrashing in the EFL Trophy.
Uwakwe offers a differential due to his versatility, and the 21-year-old has clearly shown that he has an eye for goal, which is something that Lampard will need to encourage with Norwich struggling in attack this season.
The youngster is another member of Chelsea’s reserves that could be available on the cheap, with the possibility of leaving for nothing at the end of the season.
Lewis Baker is undoubtedly one of the biggest victims of the Chelsea loan system, as the 26-year-old has been loaned out eight times in just seven years since being promoted to the senior squad in 2014.
Baker joined Chelsea as a nine-year-old back in 2005, and has been playing regularly despite never actually featuring for The Blues in the league, but his contract is finally set to expire next summer.
The midfielders departure is yet to be confirmed, but Lampard could take a permanent punt on Baker and field both him and on loan Chelsea star Billy Gilmour in midfield.
Baker has a market value of £3m according to Transfermarkt, but with time running out on his current deal, Chelsea could accept a considerably lower offer.
Although not a Chelsea player anymore, Lewis Bate is in search of first team football after leaving Stamford Bridge this summer to join Leeds United on a three-year deal.
The 19-year-old is highly rated at Leeds, and was in held in high regard by Lampard who featured him in a Champions League visit to Bayern Munich while he was in charge at Chelsea.
It is claimed that Bate’s progress was halted following Lampard’s departure, which led to him being sold, but his former boss could hand him a major loan opportunity that would benefit all parties should he be appointed Norwich boss.
Although not a million miles away, Leeds are certainly seen as a bigger force than The Canaries, but Bielsa could grant a valuable learning experience should he not look to include him at Elland Road this season.
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