Three years after Frank Lampard was told he could no longer add a breath of fresh to the Chelsea FC’s midfield, the Blues appear to yet be unable to get a player to sustain even the quality of air that came with the former England international not to talk of a more quality type desperately demanded by the modern spirit of professional football.

The English man was by trade an attacking midfielder but as age got better of him, retiring deeper into the middle of the park became inevitable. Along with John Obi Mikel, Chelsea was able to function fluidly with Nigerian doing the dirty work while the English man carried out an Andrea Pirlo-esque role of spraying passes, slipping through passes across defence lines and controlling the overall tempo of games.

However the tradition of overhauling of old guards soon commenced and before long, Nemanja Matic and Cesc Fabregas arrived at Stamford Bridge while Lampard was on his way out after the team of decision makers decided against offering him the customary one-year deal undertaken by most footballing sides whenever the time to let go of a player who connects with the club beyond professional lines arose.

In Frank’s case, he had been at the club for 13 years and in the process had become the leading goal scorer in the club’s history.

Fabregas and last season’s signing – Ngolo Kante – have since managed to get on the right side of the fans’ approval while for Nemanja Matic? Not so much.

The Serbian international have been describe as though decent but plagued with a lot of flaws, chief of which is his lack of pace. Monaco’s Tiemoue Bakayoko – a defensive but pacy midfielder – is currently being linked with the club and should his transfer pull through, Matic must be ready to be relegated to a position he most certainly won’t like.