Frank Lampard has made a bold prediction over Enzo Fernandez’s future at Chelsea following his January arrival.
The 22-year-old signed from Benfica on deadline day after Chelsea agreed a £106.8 million fee for the Argentina international.
Since then, Chelsea haven’t looked back and the World Cup winner has excelled for the club, starting all 20 matches.
Fernandez has been one of the few positives from Chelsea’s dismal 2022/23 campaign, which has been noticed by his teammates, managers and supporters.
He has been singled out by caretaker boss Frank Lampard on many occasions since the 44-year-old’s appointment last month, and Lampard has again lauded Enzo, making a huge prediction.
“Enzo gets it,” Lampard told reporters. “He gets what’s required in training. He gets what’s required to be a Chelsea player. He’s got a high talent. Some players just get it.
“I keep talking about giving players time. But when you work with someone, you understand it very quickly, and I think he gets it.”
The Chelsea caretaker boss believes Fernandez is essential to the club’s success moving forward, however insists he still needs time to fully adapt to his new life in England, which includes learning a new language and getting used to his new surroundings and settling in.
As quoted by Scott Trotter, he added: “I think we have to look at people like Enzo and Mudryk and Noni and say they will need to be given time. All the younger players deserve that. It’s not easy to come into a team that isn’t winning.
“With Enzo, I’ve been really impressed with him as a player, his attitude to training, his attitude to games, his determination. There is something about him. He doesn’t speak the language much at all but he’s learning fast.
“I’ve got a lot of faith that Enzo will be a big part of what happens in the future of this club. I feel for him a little bit. He’s had a massive move to the Premier League. He’s won the World Cup. He should be sitting back at the end of this season quite rightly putting his feet up and saying: ‘What a year.’ But in terms of how he can affect the future I see him as being essential to the future.”
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