Chelsea losing West Ham clash shows five Frank Lampard players aren’t good enough

Chelsea saw their winning run come to an end on Wednesday night as West Ham claimed a shock victory over Frank Lampard’s side at the London Stadium. The Blues were poor throughout the showdown and conceded late, dealing a blow to their chances of finishing in the Premier League top four in the process. Express Sport will now take a look at the five Blues players who are clearly not up to scratch.

Kepa Arrizabalaga

Chelsea have seen Kepa Arrizabalaga improve in recent weeks but, against West Ham, the same old mistakes crept back into his game.

He was lucky to be let off the hook when Tomas Soucek’s goal was disallowed by VAR early on at the London Stadium.

But when Soucek found the net again Kepa was nowhere to be seen, failing to sufficiently organise his defence at a corner and flapping at the delivery.

Chelsea paid £72million for Kepa and that means no mistakes should be in his game at present.

But that’s not the case. And, if he continues like this, the Spain international may find his future lies away from Stamford Bridge.

Andreas Christensen

Chelsea have seen Andreas Christensen struggle for consistency this season.

And he was poor at the London Stadium with West Ham striker Michail Antonio bullying him all night long.

He was guilty of switching off at vital moments throughout the showdown and, while there’s a player there, he’s certainly no John Terry.

Chelsea are expected to sign a new centre-back when the transfer window reopens at the end of the season.

And Christensen may be the fall guy should Lampard succeed in bringing another star through the Stamford Bridge door.

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Antonio Rudiger

Antonio Rudiger has been a loyal asset for Chelsea ever since signing from Roma back in the summer of 2017.

But he, like Christensen, pales in comparison to the Blues defenders of yesteryear.

Again, he was another player bullied and bruised by Antonio on the night. He looked uncomfortable and his failure to cut out the ball before Antonio’s goal cost the Blues dearly.

Rudiger should still be at Chelsea next season.

But fans will no doubt be hoping that Lampard signs an upgrade because the Germany international isn’t good enough.

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Marcos Alonso

A dire night for the Chelsea star.

Marcos Alonso was once a crucial player for the Blues, particularly when Antonio Conte was manager.

But the Spaniard’s stock has fallen drastically over the past two years and his failure to get back for West Ham’s winning goal was appalling.

Had he gone back with gusto, he could have prevented Andriy Yarmolenko from giving the Hammers all three points.

And Alonso was deserving of the scathing criticism he received from Sky Sports pundit Gary Neville on commentary.

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Tammy Abraham

Tammy Abraham was on fire at the start of the season, shining for Chelsea following the departures of Alvaro Morata and Gonzalo Higuain.

But the England international has been a shadow of his old self since the restart.

It’s apparent that he doesn’t have the ability to start week in, week out. He’s a good squad player – but that’s it.

There’s a reason why Chelsea have spent big on Timo Werner.

And that’s because the Germany international is levels higher than anything Lampard currently has in his squad. 

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