According to BILD, The Chelsea board have had their doubts over Frank Lampard’s capacity as a manager after failing to bring the best of Timo Werner and Kai Havertz.
Chelsea currently sit in ninth, after briefly being at the top of the Premier League table in December, in what has not been a productive spell for Lampard’s men.
This season is quite different from the previous ones, however, with teams struggling to find consistency, even those who are seen as title contenders.
Closing the six-point gap to the top four and even the 10-point gap to league leaders Liverpool are far from being unattainable with 21 more games to play.
What the Chelsea hierarchy reportedly see as the bigger problem is Lampard’s failure to bring the best out of two summer big signings Timo Werner and Kai Havertz.
Sport Bild say that Chelsea are unhappy that Lampard doesn’t seem to have a clear plan on how to use the German pair.
The report further added that the board has started to lose confidence in the club legend and see him as “someone who can inspire” but a “mediocre coach”.
While it might be true Lampard is relatively unproven as a manager, it would be unfair to completely point the finger at the manager for Havertz and Werner’s poor form.
The lack of pre-season and training during a condensed season certainly play a big role.
According to Opta (via Premier League’s official website), Werner has missed eight big chances so far — the joint fourth-most in the league.
Surely, you cannot blame Lampard that an elite goalscorer like Werner somehow missed clear-cut chances?
The other summer signings like Edouard Mendy, Thiago Silva, Ben Chilwell, and Hakim Ziyech have adapted quite well — which suggests that Lampard is not fully incapable of integrating new players.
Obviously, Lampard is still responsible for finding a way to maximise Werner and Havertz’s potentials.
But a few months is far from a fair time frame for a final assessment on Lampard, Werner, and Havertz.