What does Lampard’s new contract mean for McEachran and Chalobah?

Josh McEachran and Nathaniel Chalobah have both impressed on loan in the Championship this season, but their route to the Chelsea first team has been made even harder by Frank Lampard’s contract extension.

In the main, unless Frank Lampard has committed some outrageous off the pitch atrocity behind closed doors at Chelsea, it seems a completely logical decision for the Blues to have extended his stay at Stamford Bridge for another year.

Chelsea’s record goal scorer looks well able to make a significant contribution to the first team for at least one more season, and if he is happy to accept a squad role he will undoubtedly be an asset for their new manager.

However two men who might view Lampard’s presence as a barrier to their own chances of first team action at Chelsea are Josh McEachran and Nathaniel Chalobah, who could consider themselves now even less likely to play senior football for the Blues next year.

Both players have been impressive on loan this season, and Chalobah might be able to return to Watford next year in the Premier League if he can help the Hornets win their Championship play-off final against Crystal Palace. McEachran was an integral part of Middlesbrough’s first team when fit, and has said himself that he is hoping to figure in Chelsea’s first team plans in the near future.

Clearly Chelsea have an abundance of talented players throughout their squad, but given Lampard’s seemingly impending departure, and the mixed form of John Obi Mikel this season, both Chalobah and McEachran might have wondered if they were going for be considered for a senior role.

Both will now likely head out on loan again next season, and with Chalobah 18 and McEachran 20, they will probably be content to do so in the hope of adding more weight to their claim for a senior place at Chelsea.

However if their route to the first team continues to hit setbacks, it is likely that they, along with Chelsea’s other youngsters, will begin considering a permanent move elsewhere.

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