Jorginho (No. 5) Defensive midfielder, Italy
With N’Golo Kante ruled out through injury, a spot in the base of Chelsea’s midfield is up for grabs for the game. Jorginho and Billy Gilmour are the two main competitors, but the former is expected to get the nod given his experience and the latter’s lack of it. Gilmour featured in the FA Cup tie versus Luton and performed excellently, but he is most likely to drop to the bench for this one. This situation becomes even more clear when one takes into account Jorginho was the subject of transfer rumors to PSG when Tuchel was in charge, much like his teammate, Rudiger.
Mason Mount (No.19) Center midfielder, England
Mason Mount has been one of the first names on the team sheet in the last two seasons and deservedly so. The midfielder’s work ethic and desire are always obvious even when things are not going as planned. No one will miss Lampard more than the man who has played the most games under him, but it’s time for a new chapter as he aims to emulate the success that his former boss had during his playing days. Chelsea may have a new manager at the helm, but it won’t have a new maestro in midfield as Mount is here to stay.
Kai Havertz (No. 29) Center midfielder, Germany
One of the things the Chelsea new boss will be tasked with is getting the best out of the club’s record signing, Kai Havertz. Havertz has had an underwhelming first half of the season, but there is still time to rectify things in the second half, starting with the visit of Wolves.