Benoit Badiashile is “very close” to starting for Chelsea, according to Frank Lampard.
The 22-year-old moved to Stamford Bridge from Monaco in a £33 million deal, where he had a prosperous debut season. He recorded three clean sheets in his first three Premier League starts.
He wasn’t included in Chelsea’s Champions League roster for the knockout rounds. Graham Potter used him less frequently in his final months as manager. Interim manager Lampard has only used him once, in a 2-1 loss to Brighton.
In their last two games against Brentford and Arsenal, Chelsea have conceded five goals and have yet to keep a clean sheet under Lampard. In reality, there could have been much more.
Many supporters want Badiashile to play in the team’s final five games of the season. Lampard has suggested the Frenchman is vying for a bigger role.
Lampard responded, “Yeah, very close,” when asked if Badiashile was close to earning a spot in his starting XI.
“He couldn’t represent me in the Champions League.” He competed against Brighton, which is a challenging opponent for anyone.
However, he must be aware that in that part of the pitch, Thiago Silva, Wesley Fofana, and Trevoh Chalobah are all competitors and close by. He’s quite near.
He is doing well in the gym, and like many other players, I believe he entered the Premier League at a relatively young age from another league.
“I think it’s understandable to have periods when you may be playing and periods when you may not,”
You are a developing player to some extent, but as young player, it is probably more a case of getting used to this league.
‘So I think that’s one of the things that we’re finding this season. In a normal case maybe a club like Chelsea or others, these sort of players come in amid a lot of squad and team stability and have their time to find their feet.
And that’s not the situation right now. Giving credit to those players is difficult, in my opinion, because they must bear some of the blame.
But everyone is trying to work and keep going, and as staff, we’re here to support that, I said.