Chelsea 'aren't in the real world' if they expect instant results
Frank Lampard warns Chelsea ‘aren’t living in the real world’ if they expect instant results from expensive summer signings, and calls for a response against Man City after being ‘kicked up the backside’ over Christmas
- Frank Lampard urged Chelsea’s summer signings need more time to settle in
- Timo Werner and Kai Havertz have failed to impress since joining in the summer
- Lampard said some ‘aren’t living in the real world’ is they expect instant success
- He also compared German duo to former stars Didier Drogba and Eden Hazard
Frank Lampard has urged that Chelsea’s new summer signings Timo Werner and Kai Havertz need more time to settle in the Premier League.
The German pair were Lampard’s two most notable additions in his summer spending spree with Werner costing £47million from RB Leipzig and Havertz joining for an initial fee of £62million from Bayer Leverkusen.
Despite their expensive transfer fees, neither of them have flourished in the Premier League yet as we enter the halfway period of the season.
Frank Lampard has urged that Chelsea’s new summer signings need more time to settle in
Kai Havertz (left) and Timo Werner (right) have failed to impress since joining Chelsea
Werner has scored just four goals leading the line for the Blues this term, whilst playmaker Havertz has just one goal and assist.
Following a defeat to Arsenal and draw with Aston Villa, Lampard has sprung to the defence of his summer signings once again, claiming anyone expecting them to perform to their best straight away ‘aren’t living in the real world’.
He told Sky Sports: ‘If you think you’re going to go an be consistent this year just because you brought in new players who need to settle, and we still have the young players, playing against tough teams in the Premier League every week then you aren’t living in the real world.’
‘The real world has kicked us up the backside in the last two or three weeks over a busy period and we have to show we are stronger than that and come through it.’
Werner has scored just four goals leading the line for the Blues this term
After suffering a transfer ban the season before for breaching financial fair play regulations, the club welcomed a whole host of expensive arrivals to Stamford Bridge as they signed Ben Chilwell, Hakim Ziyech and Edouard Mendy in big money moves.
However, Werner and Havertz have come under fire the most for underperforming but Lampard compared the German duo to some of Chelsea’s past foreign signings such as Didier Drogba and Eden Hazard.
The Chelsea boss explained that some of the topflight’s best players needed time to find their feet after arriving from a foreign league and insisted that they will reap the rewards from their talents in good time.
‘Didier in year one certainly wasn’t producing the numbers he was throughout his career or having the massive impact, he was still very good,’ he continued.
Playmaker Havertz has just one goal and assist and has really struggled to impress at the club
‘Eden Hazard, I was here for his first year. Hugely talented player, coming in to adapt and within two or three seasons, he is gracing the Premier League at the top, scoring 50% of our goals at times.
‘You look at Thierry Henry, Kevin de Bruyne, (Mohamed) Salah, stories everywhere. The spotlight in modern day, with social media, everyone expects it right now, all the variables around it.
‘At the minute we have to put that to the side, be patient and we are doing okay by the way as well. The team is improving. I have always believed in hard work and when you have the talent like these lads they just have to stick with it.’
Despite a brilliant start to the season under Lampard, Chelsea now find themselves seven points adrift from league leaders Liverpool ahead of Sunday’s clash with Manchester City.
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