Chelsea board concerned about two players as they eye Frank Lampard replacement
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Chelsea chiefs are reportedly concerned about the form of two of their most expensive summer signings. Chelsea splashed out £220million on seven new players ahead of this season. Germany internationals Timo Werner and Kai Havertz have failed to live up to their hefty price tags so far.
Werner has failed to score in his last 12 appearances in a Chelsea shirt.
The 24-year-old, who joined from RB Leipzig for a fee of around £47.5million, initially started his Blues career in good form.
The forward netted eight goals in his first 12 appearances for the club in all competitions.
But Werner has been wasteful in front of goal in recent weeks, which led to him being dropped for the home match against Aston Villa last Monday.
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Havertz, meanwhile, is Chelsea’s record signing at around £72m but has struggled even more than his compatriot.
The 21-year-old has just one Premier League goal to his name, though was hit badly by the coronavirus earlier in the campaign.
The Athletic say the Chelsea hierarchy are worried about the German duo.
The report also claims Frank Lampard’s job is far from being secure following Sunday’s 3-1 loss to Manchester City at Stamford Bridge.
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Club chiefs are already looking at alternatives to Lampard if they were to sack the 42-year-old.
Chelsea have now lost four of their last six Premier League matches and sit eighth in the table.
There is respite from league action next week as they face Morecambe next week in the third round of the FA Cup.
Following the defeat to City, Lampard admitted he was feeling the heat for his position.
“I always feel heat, I even did when we were on our good run,” Lampard said.
“We are not a team that has been churning out results like the likes of City and Liverpool.
“We are a team, maybe take N’Golo Kante and Thiago Silva out, there is a lot of youth in the team and new players in the team.
“I am not going to speak for people above me because I can never do that.
“I can’t answer about my contract, the run and the difficult results, I can only speak as the manager of the club.”
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