Despite spending over £200 million on new players during the summer transfer window, Chelsea boss Frank Lampard insists the Chelsea squad isn’t good enough to fight for the title.
Lampard thinks Chelsea are too young and inexperienced to mount a title push this season.
He also believes Chelsea lacks a goal machine and an assist machine to challenge for the Premier League title.
“Leicester are in the race and there are others, but we have to not consider the race too much as it stands,” Lampard admitted.
“When people were touting us as title challengers, we do have the squad when you look at the composition of it — but it’s very young, particularly in the forward areas.
“We don’t have the history of players in those areas that this club has had before, who are goal machines or assist machines that win you games.
“With our team it’s potential. We haven’t got Eden Hazard contributing 50 per cent of goals or assists. We haven’t got a Diego Costa scoring 30 goals.
“We are developing those players and I believe in them strongly, but at the moment we are not quite where other teams around us maybe are at the front end of the pitch. For us, there could be tough times.”
Lampard had expected Timo Werner to be the goal machine Chelsea needs when he signed the German international from RB Leipzig but he has gone 10 league games without a goal and missed a sitter in the win over Fulham at the weekend.
The German has been compared to former Chelsea striker Fernando Torres, who struggled after joining Chelsea from Liverpool.
Responding to the comparisons between Werner and Torres, Lampard said: “Fernando Torres had difficult times here but came away winning the Champions League and being a pivotal player in that run to winning it, so I don’t think we should compare too much.
“Timo Werner didn’t score the amount of goals he has scored over the last few years by chance. He has scored those goals because of his huge talent.
“It is a tough time here for him at the moment, but it is a small period in what I believe will be a fantastic career for him going forward at Chelsea. I have no doubts over that.”