Harry Redknapp pointed the finger at Chelsea’s poor summer transfer business as a leading factor of Frank Lampard’s downfall at Stamford Bridge.
Lampard has now officially left his post as manager at Chelsea after “leaving the Club mid-table without any clear path to sustained improvement”, according to the club’s official statement.
The “mid-table” part is hardly a surprise since Chelsea now drop to ninth place in the Premier League after five defeats in the last eight league games.
The second part about “not showing part to sustained improvement” is certainly more interesting.
Goal reported in December that Lampard’s failure to bring the best out of Timo Werner and Kai Havertz could cost him his job — and it might have been the case now.
Redknapp, however, believes Lampard has paid the price for the club’s failures in the summer transfer window.
He told talkSPORT: “When you look at the players, people say he’s spent all this money, did he bring the players in? Did he bring the Germans in?
“Management is so different now, managers aren’t always responsible for signing players.”
He went on saying he has not been impressed with Chelsea’s summer signings apart from Thiago Silva who arrived on a free transfer.
“The two German players have been massive disappointments, massive,” he added.
“I’m not even sure Timo Werner is cut out for Premier League football, the physical side is too much for him.
“I doubt very much whether Frank had a big say over in who came in.”
Obviously, Redknapp would have a rather biased view towards his nephew over the situation.
It is fair to say Lampard also tried to help Werner and Havertz, even sticking with them when the pair did not perform at times. It just did not work.
As the Goal’s report pointed out, Chelsea have spent £120million on these German talents and understandably want to see the manager’s system cater to their strengths.
There is no guarantee that a new manager would be able to make Werner and Havertz find their Bundesliga forms.
But replacing the manager is a much cheaper potential solution, and they have decided to go down that road.