Chelsea: Should Lampard be given more time to succeed?
Chelsea need to sign a prolific striker in order to become serious Premier League title contenders in the near future, according to Blues and former Arsenal star Paul Merson. Tammy Abraham is Chelsea’s leading scorer in the league this season with six goals to his name. Merson does not think that is good enough for a team who aspire to compete for major honours.
Despite spending over £220million on new signings last summer, Chelsea find themselves ninth in the table after 17 games of the campaign.
The signing of Timo Werner has not gone to plan so far, with the German on a run of 12 matches without a goal in all competitions.
Merson says it is clear Werner is not working as a centre-forward but also does not believe Abraham or Olivier Giroud are the answer.
So the pundit believes Chelsea need to bring in a new striker.
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“I don’t know where Werner plays,” Merson told Sky Sports.
“I think Chelsea may have signed him to play as a striker, but that is not working, and if his best position is off the left, then Chelsea need a centre forward.
“No disrespect to Olivier Giroud or Tammy Abraham, but you are not going to win the Premier League with those as your front two.
“Giroud and Abraham do great on their day, but they are not going to be in the top six Premier League goalscorers this season, or any season.
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“How many teams have won the Premier League without having a player in the top six scorers?”
Merson says one reason for Chelsea’s struggles this season is Frank Lampard’s lack of experience in managing a squad the size of the one at Stamford Bridge.
He added: “Last year Chelsea were under a transfer embargo, and Lampard had a rough idea of what the team was. But sometimes you can have too many options.
“We see it with teams who chop and change, week in, week out.
“What you have got to remember is that Frank is an inexperienced manager, he’s not Carlo Ancelotti or Rafa Benitez, he’s new in the game and this is the best group of players he’s worked with.
“At the moment it does not look like there is a plan, Chelsea look like a group of top players who have been told to just go out and play.
“Lampard went with the pace of Timo Werner, Christian Pulisic and Hakim Ziyech against Manchester City but after the game he probably thought he should have gone with Olivier Giroud. That’s down to inexperience and learning.”
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