Adaptability will prove the key to potential success
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