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By refusing to use Fernando Torres and issuing statements like this, AVB is making a point that he will pick the team, not any of the Chelsea higher-ups.
The current midfield is the same midfield that saw Carlo Ancelotti fired, and the same one that has lacked any cutting or creative edge.
Lampard has always been considered an automatic starter for Chelsea, even though his performances have been nowhere near deserving of a starting spot. AVB will not care about his legend status he had, rather it'll be about the performances he delivers now.
Ramires is far from impressive and anything he does bring to the game, Meireles can do better. Although recently fans have gotten behind the Brazilian, his hustle is not enough to make him a Chelsea starter.
Mikel is no Essien, but has done a fine job at deputizing Chelsea's defensive midfielder.
In a 4-3-3 under AVB, Chelsea's midfield will likely end up looking somewhat like this:
Meireles: Above Mikel
McEachran/Romeu: Aside Meireles
AVB is clearly going to be looking to shake up Chelsea's stagnant midfield. Given the managers commitment to youth and Meireles's experience, young players McEachran and Romeu will be given valuable time to develop.