Adapt­abil­ity will prove the key to po­ten­tial suc­cess

The Daily Telegraph - Sport - - Football - Sam Wal­lace CHIEF FOOT­BALL WRITER

was un­sure whether to be de­lighted that his in­sis­tence on a high-en­ergy ap­proach was tak­ing ef­fect or con­cerned at just how low a base they were com­ing from. He found a squad that was, on the whole, will­ing to change.

The vet­eran de­fender Richard Keogh em­braced the new ap­proach of try­ing, when pos­si­ble, to play out from the back, and many thought he had his best sea­son in seven years at the club. For oth­ers like mid­field­ers Ge­orge Thorne and Tom Hud­dle­stone it was more dif­fi­cult to adapt to the de­mands Lam­pard made of them. At the be­gin­ning, David Nu­gent’s will­ing­ness to work from the front meant that he played ahead of Jack Mar­riott, 10 years his ju­nior. Matej Vy­dra had looked ideal for the job but was sold to Burn­ley that same sum­mer.

The de­vel­op­ment of right-back Jay­den Bogle, 18, pro­moted from the un­der-23s and given his first-team de­but by Lam­pard was one of the ma­jor de­vel­op­ment tri­umphs. So too Duane Holmes, 24, a mid­fielder signed from

Lam­pard was al­ways com­mit­ted to a pos­ses­sion-based game but was aware of squad lim­i­ta­tions

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