Frank Lampard knows only 7 Chelsea players, pundit claims

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Chelsea have dropped to 9th place in the Premier League, after losing four of their last six league games.

The pressure is beginning to mount on Chelsea boss Frank Lampard, especially with the more than £200m spent in the transfer market.

The team’s recent slump has seen Chelsea drop from 3rd to 9th, and sack threats are now making the rounds.

Paul Merson has called for patience with the Chelsea manager, while also claiming that the Blues boss is yet to know his best eleven.

According to Merson, Lampard knows his back five and then N’Golo Kante and Mason Mount, but doesn’t know the best forward players to combine.

“Frank Lampard needs time at Chelsea but I don’t know how much longer he has got,” Merson told the Daily Star.

“This is the first time he has coached world class players so you have to give him a chance.

“You can’t just spend £200m and expect it to happen overnight. It takes time, even when you have a squad full of talented players.

“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. 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.

“Chelsea need a focal point. He plays a front man one week and then three pacy forwards the next. Timo Werner hasn’t worked up front and is better off the left.

“And no disrespect to Olivier Giroud or Tammy Abraham though, but you’re not winning the league with them starting, and that needs addressing.”

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