Chelsea duo letting Frank Lampard down as Blues boss issued sack warning amid ‘crisis’

Frank Lampard is being let down by Timo Werner and Kai Havertz and the Chelsea manager must be wary because they are “a crisis club” at the minute following their “flat” recent performances, reckons Chris Sutton.

The Blues welcomed Aston Villa looking to get back to winning ways after a shambolic 3-1 defeat to Arsenal just 48 hours earlier and with speculation regarding Lampard’s future.

Reports from Germany also indicated pre-match that Roman Abramovich would consider a tough decision over Lampard’s Stamford Bridge future were they lose to the Villans.

Olivier Giroud’s first-half header was cancelled out by Anwar El Ghazi as Chelsea were held to a 1-1 draw, meaning they have won just one of their last five Premier League matches.

Chelsea could end the week nine points behind leaders Liverpool if the Reds beat Newcastle at St James’ Park on Wednesday night.

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The Blues welcomed Aston Villa looking to get back to winning ways after a shambolic 3-1 defeat to Arsenal just 48 hours earlier and with speculation regarding Lampard’s future.

Reports from Germany also indicated pre-match that Roman Abramovich would consider a tough decision over Lampard’s Stamford Bridge future were they lose to the Villans.

Olivier Giroud’s first-half header was cancelled out by Anwar El Ghazi as Chelsea were held to a 1-1 draw, meaning they have won just one of their last five Premier League matches.

Chelsea could end the week nine points behind leaders Liverpool if the Reds beat Newcastle at St James’ Park on Wednesday night.

And following a near-£250million summer spend, ex-Chelsea striker Sutton – who also played for Norwich, Blackburn and Celtic – believes the pressure is mounting on Lampard.

And he thinks Werner and Havertz have both been underperforming, with the German striker – who cost £53m when arriving from RB Leipzig in the summer – goalless in his past 11 games across all competitions and dropped against Villa.

Chelsea paid £72m to Bayer Leverkusen for Havertz and Werner’s international team-mate has also yet to truly establish himself at the west London club.

“At the moment, they are a crisis club because they are underperforming,” Sutton told BBC Radio 5 Live after the draw with Villa.

“They are flat and that’s why Frank needs to get a few wins under his belt and extremely quickly because it can, as we know, turn ugly at Chelsea.

“Whether we like it or not, this is a totally different season for Frank. The pressure is on; he has spent the big money. Now the pressure will build.

“I don’t want to go too early on Chelsea and Frank because if they win three on the spin, they will be up into second place and we’ll be saying ‘can they win the title again?’ and that’s the way it is.

“But I don’t think Chelsea can win the title. They have to get back to a way of playing where they really find their rhythm.”

Turning his attention to Werner and Havertz, Sutton added: “Timo Werner has been a massive disappointment and Kai Havertz has been too.

“When you spend big money, then the pressure is really on for Frank this season – and it wasn’t last season.

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“I don’t think Frank has the overall say in the signings policy for Chelsea. I think there would be a transfer committee of sorts.

“In fairness, Havertz is a young man and a really talented player but we haven’t seen that yet at Chelsea. I think Werner has been a bigger disappointment.

“He has missed some really big opportunities. I know he is capable of playing a number of positions and playing them well. But I just wonder if Werner would rather play as a central striker.”

However, former Chelsea midfielder Andy Townsend offered a constrasting opinion of the Blues’ current predicament, insisting Lampard’s charges are “far from a crisis”.

He said on Amazon Prime: “I think when Chelsea were having good spells a few weeks ago, they were able to get in front and create substantial leads in various games.

“As Frank said there, there’s a little bit missing at the moment. It’s not serious. It’s far from a crisis despite the fact that their current form isn’t great.

“The team showed today there’s a very competitive spirit in the camp, they’re capable of creating chances.

“I thought [Christian] Pulisic played very well again for them, looked very dangerous when he gets the ball at his feet. There’s still a lot to look forward to in 2021 if you’re a Chelsea fan.”

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