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Summer signing Kai Havertz has so far failed to justify his £70m transfer fee that the club paid for his signing.
It’s still early days, but many are beginning to feel that Havertz may not really work out at Chelsea. Timo Werner is another summer signing who’s currently on a barren run.
Meanwhile, Lampard has likened his new signings to himself. The Chelsea legend has admitted that it took him up to four seasons to become a world-class player, as he insisted that the boys would eventually come good.
Lampard said: “As I said before and I keep saying the same thing, I never felt it would be a straight line. I was very aware of that going into the season, particularly when we didn’t have time to work with the new players.
“I remember coming to this club a long time ago and in year one I was probably an average Premier League midfield player, year two I started better, year three better than that, then year four and onwards, my levels rose to levels where I could really contribute to the club.
“So when I look at the new players I see it like that and then the rest of the detail is how I work with the players.
“I can’t jump out of that and try and dictate what anyone else thinks about it, it’s beyond me. I’m here to coach the club and do as well as I can.”