CHELSEA SAY GOODBYE TO FRANK LAMPARD
It’s news that may have been expected but was still a shock all the same and with the Chelsea board seemingly starting the week in a rather bad mood, there was always only ever going to be one outcome because of it.
Even with Frank Lampard leading the club to the Fifth Round of the F.A. Cup after victory against Championship side Luton, progress there was not enough to spare the former midfielder from his recent woe and if there was one result that consigned his fate, it was defeat to Leicester.
After being humbled at the King Power Stadium, in a result that saw the Foxes go top for the evening, it was apparent that Chelsea were a considerable way off the pace and for an outfit that spent big last summer, this was simply not good enough.
At the time of Lampard’s departure, the West London outfit currently find themselves ninth in the table and when you consider the talent on their books, it is clear to see that something is not right at Stamford Bridge.
The two jewels in the former manager’s crown were meant to be Kai Havertz and Timo Werner, as the German pair joined from Bayer Leverkusen and RB Leipzig respectively and after a pair of big money moves, the duo were expected to hit the ground running.
To the point where, Chelsea should have been considered genuine title challengers and although the form of Havertz can be absolved by his recent COVID-19 illness and the lingering effects of it, the same absolution cannot be afforded to his compatriot.
Werner is seemingly carrying on the lineage of great forwards that have played in the same colours before him and although the names have been impressive, their overall output for the Blues has fallen short of the mark.
There’s something about Chelsea and the focal point of the attack being something of a footballing graveyard and although it is perhaps too early to throw the 24-year-old onto the scrapheap, waiting for him to come good is too late for their now former manager.
With Lampard hastily exiting the club, the obvious question is who will be next to walk through the revolving managerial door and as the club have two German starlets on their books, then a manager of this nationality seems the most logical replacement.
A replacement that could be found in the shape of Thomas Tuchel, as after recently being sacked by French giants PSG, he is seemingly the perfect person in waiting and most importantly, could be installed in double quick time.
If this proves to be the case and Roman Abramovich plumps for the also former Borussia Dortmund manager, then there is every chance that Chelsea’s campaign could be saved and although they lie ninth in the Premier League, their current position is slightly misleading.
Of course, they are where they are, but at the same time, they are only a handful of points from the top four and although a title tilt may be out of their reach, the right man could still lead them back to the Champions League next season or could even win the trophy for himself in May.