Chelsea tipped to hire Mauricio Pochettino if Frank Lampard fails after £200m-plus outlay

Chelsea boss Frank Lampard “has got to deliver” at Stamford Bridge this season or faces the real possibility of being replaced by Mauricio Pochettino, according to Darren Bent. Chelsea have made big changes in the summer transfer window in a statement of intent from club owner Roman Abramovich.

In a summer where some clubs have been more cautious with spending due to the financial implications from the coronavirus pandemic, Chelsea have taken advantage of the market by swooping in to sign six new players.

Timo Werner, Hakim Ziyech, Ben Chilwell, Kai Havertz and Thiago Silva will all have vital roles to play this season while Malang Sarr is expected to go out on loan.

Edouard Mendy looks set to become their seventh summer signing while reports suggest Chelsea will also try and sign Declan Rice from West Ham.

Only Werner and Havertz will be involved out of the new signings in Chelsea’s opening fixture against Brighton.

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But they’ll soon be put to the test against defending champions Liverpool on Sunday.

Some have already tipped Chelsea to mount a title challenge after spending big this summer.

And Bent believes Lampard will be under immense pressure to deliver, especially with managers such as Pochettino available.

“The next step is trophies,” Bent told Goal.

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“He has got to deliver trophies as he has bought top players from around Europe.

“Chelsea had a free crack at them and after having a free hit year with a transfer embargo, it has ramped up the pressure twofold.

“Werner, Ziyech, Thiago Silva, Ben Chilwell and Havertz are all top players. They are luxuries for any manager in the positions they play.

“For me, he has got to deliver.

“My fear is that if they don’t get off to the best of starts, other great managers like Pochettino will be waiting to go in.

“I am pretty sure that most managers around the world would now quit where they were to manage this squad of players.”

As well as chasing deals for Mendy and Rice, Chelsea are also expected to be busy trimming down their squad.

Jorginho has long been linked with a move away this summer while N’Golo Kante’s future has also come under question.

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