Paul Merson has urged Chelsea manager Frank Lampard to be ruthless with his team selection, as he wants to see him pick a fixed starting XI for a consistent run of games.
The Blues go into this weekend’s FA Cup third round tie with League Two Morecambe in terrible form, which is why they may be relieved to have a small time away from the league.
They have just one win in their previous six Premier League matches and have slipped down to ninth in the table as a result.
Despite having a squad filled with talent at Stamford Bridge, Lampard is struggling to find the right combinations on the pitch, particularly in attack.
Merson has suggested that the Chelsea boss tries to keep his squad happy with plenty of rotation, but he wants to see him pick a settled XI moving forward.
“I don’t think he knows his best team and that is a big problem. He probably knows the back five, N’Golo Kante and Mason Mount,” Merson told the Daily Star.
“After that, it’s like bingo… When you’re under pressure and not winning games you chop and change every week looking for answers.
“But he needs to go back to basics and stick with a set team for three or four games so they can find some consistency.
“Don’t worry about keeping everybody happy. There’s only one person leaving the club unless you start winning.”
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Lampard has been guilty of constantly changing his selection, but it must be pointed out that he’s not been helped by injuries and at times his hands have been forced by the form of some individuals.
It would be great to see the Blues have some kind of consistency in the next month, albeit wholesale changes on Sunday in the FA Cup makes perfect sense.
Chelsea fans are desperate to see Christian Pulisic and Hakim Ziyech start as the wide pairing on a regular basis, while at centre-forward he needs to pick a first-choice option out of Timo Werner, Olivier Giroud and Tammy Abraham.