Garth Crooks explains what is worrying him about Frank Lampard after Chelsea defeat

Garth Crooks has explained that he’s worried about Chelsea boss Frank Lampard for the first time, as he feels that he’s someone who is really struggling with his tactics right now.

Blues manager Lampard is receiving plenty of criticism across the media at present following a poor run of results. 

His team kickstarted 2021 with a defeat at home to Manchester City on the weekend, which means they have just one point from their three most recent Premier League fixtures. 

After this weekend’s FA Cup tie with Morecambe, Chelsea travel to London neighbours Fulham in what looks like a pivotal league match and the pressure is really on to get back to winning ways. 

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BBC pundit Crooks feels that Lampard doesn’t know his best XI right now and is concerned he’s not getting positive results with his group of players, which is stacked with plenty of big names and top level signings.  

“Chelsea boss Frank Lampard looks like a man, for the first time, who doesn’t know his best team nor how to provide a different blend for different matches – which is worrying because he has the players,” Crooks told BBC Sport.

Lampard needs to try find his best attacking combination during the next couple of weeks, as the constant rotation in the side is perhaps denting momentum. 

Olivier Giroud, Tammy Abraham and Timo Werner are vying for the central striker position, but the manager needs to put his neck on the line by giving one of them an extended run of starts. 

It’s difficult for Lampard right now with the poor run of results, but he overcame a sticky patch during his fist season in charge at the club and it’s another big test of his man-management now. 

A sports journalist who graduated from Staffordshire University in 2016 and is a Chelsea supporter. Loves anything football or cricket related when it comes to England.