After qualifying for the Champions League once again, Chelsea will be looking to maintain their status among Europe’s elite next season. However, with Lampard looking likely to become the next manager, Chelsea need to be wary of this Premier League club, who could just sneak into the Premier League top six next season.
Wolves have been a breath of fresh air for the Premier League. The Midlanders came into the top flight and claimed a Premier League top seven finish in their first season back since 2012. It was the club’s performances against the top six of English football that really caught the eyes of football fans around the country. Wolves managed to remain unbeaten against Manchester United, Chelsea and Arsenal across both games in the Premier League, as well as managing a win away to Tottenham Hotspur and a draw at home to eventual champions Manchester City. If such form can continue, there’s no reason Wolves can’t challenge for a top six place next season.
With Chelsea currently banned from signing players in the upcoming season, maintaining their place in the top four will be difficult due to the lack of fresh ideas in the squad. Members of the Chelsea squad can be blamed for what were very inconsistent performances, despite the success the club achieved last season. While clubs like Manchester United and Arsenal were also very poor last season, the two clubs have the opportunity to improve their squad, and could vastly improve.
As well as the lack of a transfer window, there remains a lack of experience in management for Lampard. Managing at a Premier League’s top six club is harder than it looks, just ask Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, who steered Manchester United to a run of one win in their final seven Premier League games.
Lampard’s job at Chelsea isn’t particularly easy, and with a well-run club like Wolves breathing down their necks, the club is far from guaranteed a spot in the top six.