Dean Jones has claimed Frank Lampard will try to sit down with Conor Gallagher and Armando Broja to discuss their future at Chelsea.
Speaking to GiveMeSport, Jones backed the Everton boss to at least try to capture the imagination of the two loanees sacked by Thomas Tuchel last summer.
After avoiding a searing relegation from the Premier League, Lampard will certainly be looking to improve the side that crossed the line on death.
Many positions need touching up, especially in defence, where goals have been leaked with undesirable regularity.
But general quality all over the pitch will be needed if the Toffees are to mean they are clear of the drop zone.
That’s why Lampard might want to raid his former club for the treasures they have stored in their vault.
However, Chelsea handed out several gold items at the start of the season, allowing them to shine elsewhere across the country.
Shimmering Gallagher, Broja Bronze
Gallagher can certainly look back on his time with Crystal Palace as his career went to another level.
He has missed just five league games in total, scoring eight goals and providing three assists along the way.
The 22-year-old is now also an established member of the English side, thanks to consistent, energetic and enthusiastic domestic performances.
Travel two hours south and another Chelsea academy product had a campaign to remember.
Broja may have slowed down in recent months but his nine goals for Southampton cannot be sniffed out.
Never having tasted top-flight football in England before, the striker quickly adapted to the division, causing all sorts of problems for defences.
Lampard will discuss with Gallagher and Broja
Borja and Gallagher could easily reclaim a place in Tuchel’s squad but would also be useful additions for just about any Premier League club.
Especially one like Everton, who know the importance of signing quality over quantity.
“Lampard will fall back on what he knows and what he’s good at – which is going back to Chelsea and looking at the players he knew in the setup there,” Jones said.
“With the situation of Conor Gallagher and Armando Broja, they will certainly be two players he will seek to have conversations with about what he envisions for the future at Chelsea.”
For Gallagher, a return to Chelsea is an extremely likely outcome.
The same cannot be said for Broja, who is yet to face Romelu Lukaku and Kai Havertz in the centre-forward department.
With Dominic Calvert-Lewin struggling for fitness at Goodison Park, perhaps partnering with Lampard wouldn’t be the worst decision in the world.
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