Chelsea legend Frank Lampard believes his former club made a big error of judgement by selling Nathaniel Chalobah this summer.
The champions slumped to an embarrassing opening day defeat against Burnley having been reduced to nine men with both Gary Cahill and Cesc Fabregas sent off.
A mixture of injuries, suspensions and a failure to land his top summer targets forced Antonio Conte to field a makeshift side and a number of fringe players on the bench.
Lampard, however, believes Chalobah would easily have commanded a place in Saturday’s starting line-up and should never have been let go.
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He told BT Sport: ‘They need a bigger squad. You look at the good vibes that are coming out of Manchester City and Manchester United, even Arsenal and Tottenham but it’s not working for anyone at Chelsea. You can see big frustration and the upset on Conte’s face.
‘People talk about the young players and the ones they’ve loaned out but they’re not near the first team yet. I’ve seen them and they’re developing but they’re not going to come in and mage a difference.
‘Boga earned his debut today for having a good pre-season but the one who was a mistake was Chalobah.
‘He went for a low price as well so I’m not really sure what went on there. Loftus-Cheek? He’s got to take it upon himself and show he needs to be back and given a chance at Chelsea.’