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With 211 goals in 648 appearances, Frank Lampard is regarded as one of the greatest players to have played for the club.
The 42-year-old is Chelsea’s record goalscorer, and considering that he was a midfielder shows just how valuable his contributions were to the team.
The Chelsea legend is now manager of the club he loves dearly, but this time around, he must set his own legacy as a manager.
Lampard is currently under pressure to turn things around at Stamford Bridge, and despite making heavy investments during the summer transfer window, the new signings are yet to lift the team up to desired positions.
There’s still something lacking in the Chelsea team, and Sky Sports pundit Paul Merson believes that the team is lacking a player like Lampard.
According to Merson, a player with the steel and resilience of Lampard will do the current Chelsea team a world of good.
“I watched Lampard throughout his playing career, and he would give his all every week; it did not matter if Chelsea were two or three goals down, he would go to the end,” he said.
“I am not being horrible, but these players he has got at Chelsea, while they may be of the same quality, they cannot match the grit and determination Frank Lampard showed in his career.
“He may have to bite his tongue but, ultimately, he has to accept that because the name of the game now is man-management, that’s the number one thing. If your man-management is good, you are always going to get a chance.
“All of these Chelsea players are internationals and can play the game, Frank isn’t going on the training pitch and teaching them a lot of new stuff. Man-management comes to the fore not with the results gained, but instead the manner in which he reacts to the game in the dressing room.
“If Frank goes into the dressing room all guns blazing, these players are going to switch off. Man-management is how you come in and react five minutes after a defeat, and whether the players accept it and have your back, or the players say, ‘he’ll be gone, we won’t’.
“The hard thing for Frank is that he doesn’t have 11 Frank Lampards who will run through a brick wall.”