Former Chelsea striker reveals why Frank Lampard will continue to be judged harshly

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Chelsea boss and club legend Frank Lampard was given the slack last season, as the Blues did well to finish in the top four.

Chelsea’s achievement last season was a good one, considering the fact that there was a transfer ban and also the loss of superstar Eden Hazard.

Well, this season, the expectations are a bit different, with the media and fans mounting pressure on the gaffer, mostly because of the splash of over £200m on signings, especially in a year when teams chose not to invest in signing new players.

Former Chelsea striker Chris Sutton believes that Lampard will continue to be judged harshly if he can’t get a tune out of the German duo of Kai Havertz and Timo Werner.

The German duo cost around £120m but they are yet to light up the league.

The former Chelsea striker told BBC Radio Five Live: “Timo Werner has been a massive disappointment and Kai Havertz has been too. When you spend big money, then the pressure is really on for Frank this season – and it wasn’t last season.

“I don’t think Frank has the overall say in the signings policy for Chelsea. I think there would be a transfer committee of sorts. In fairness, Havertz is a young man and a really talented player but we haven’t seen that yet at Chelsea.

“I think Werner has been a bigger disappointment. He has missed some really big opportunities. I know he is capable of playing a number of positions and playing them well, but I just wonder if Werner would rather play as a central striker.”

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