Chelsea did not look convincing in their 2-1 victory against Hull City on Saturday evening. Despite progressing to the next round, the Blues could easily have thrown the game away late on. They failed to make their dominance count throughout and nearly paid the ultimate price.
It is becoming a regular theme with the current Chelsea side. They will have plenty of the ball but seem to lack the cutting edge or final decision to make the possession pay. Former midfielder Joe Cole was keen to highlight this and provided a damning evaluation of the Blues.
As reported by The Daily Star, he said: ‘Time and time again they don’t put games to bed quick enough. Lampard wants to get Chelsea to a certain standard. They are better than that. They should have been 3-0 or 4-0 up. The great Chelsea sides would have done that. To get back to that standard you need to be honest with yourselves as a team.”
The inability to put games to bed will be one that worries Lampard. Whether it is down to some inexperience, or purely a lack of big differentials in the squad, is difficult to say.
Not enough players in Chelsea’s current line-up have the ability to take a game by the scruff of the neck. There is plenty of ability in the side, but something is certainly missing. Eden Hazard was the club’s difference-maker for seven years and the Blues have not yet replaced him.
Lampard has to consider making a move for a new talisman this month. If he cannot secure one in January, the summer will be hugely important for the club.