Inexperienced Frank Lampard struggling to deal with ’embarrassment of riches’ says Paul Merson


An inexperienced Frank Lampard is struggling to get the best out of the several options available at his disposal,  according to former Arsenal player and SkySports pundit, Paul Merson.

Frank Lampard is in the third season of his professional managerial career, having started with Derby County two years ago and spending a full season at Chelsea last year.


At Derby County, the Chelsea legend was able to get the best of the team and almost secured qualification to the Premier League.

He was then appointed as Chelsea manger the following season and helped the club retain their Champions League spot with an inexperienced squad, but with an embarrassment of riches at his disposal, Paul Merson believes the former England international is struggling to get the best of his team.

Last year Chelsea were under a transfer embargo, and Lampard had a rough idea of what the team was, Merson told SkySports.  But sometimes you can have too many options. We see it with teams who chop and change, week in, week out.


What you have got to remember is that Frank is an inexperienced manager, he’s not Carlo Ancelotti or Rafa Benitez, he’s new in the game and this is the best group of players he’s worked with.

At the moment it does not look like there is a plan, Chelsea look like a group of top players who have been told to just go out and play.


Lampard went with the pace of Timo Werner, Christian Pulisic and Hakim Ziyech against Manchester City but after the game he probably thought he should have gone with Olivier Giroud. That’s down to inexperience and learning.

They need to ditch the 4-3-3, get Kai Havertz behind a front two, get two up front, play that way and cause teams problems, because as it stands things are predictable with Chelsea.

Chelsea spent heavily in the summer on the likes of Hakim Ziyech, Timo Werner, Kai Havertz, Ben Chilwell and Thiago Silva, adding more competition and quality to the already existing group of players.

But after going 17 games unbeaten in all competitions at the beginning of the season, Chelsea have lost 4 out of their last 6 games in the Premiership.

The poor run of results have seen coaches such as Allegri and Andriy Shevchenko being reported as possible replacements for Frank Lampard.


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