Chelsea boss Frank Lampard speaks out on struggling duo with Eden Hazard comparison
Chelsea: Lampard pleased with Morecambe win
Frank Lampard has compared Kai Havertz and Timo Werner to Chelsea legend Eden Hazard after the big-money signings’ struggles this season. Havertz and Werner were two of the biggest transfers of the summer, with the midfielder joining for £71.6 million from Bayer Leverkusen and the pacey striker arriving for almost £50m.
Havertz has been described as a once in a generational talent and was wanted by several of the world’s biggest clubs.
But the versatile 21-year-old has struggled to find a position where he can flourish thus far, although it is worth noting he was bed-ridden with Covid in early November and struggled with the symptoms for several weeks after that.
Werner on the other hand enjoyed a hot streak during a three-week period in October and November, scoring seven goals in six games, but then endured a 12-match goalless run.
However, both players found the net during Sunday’s 4-0 victory over Morecambe in the FA Cup and after the game Lampard called for patience when analysing the duo.
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Lampard highlighted the case of his former team-mate Hazard, who after a slow start to life at Stamford Bridge went on to be the team’s talisman, scoring 110 goals and producing 92 assists in 352 appearances in all competitions.
“The people that question them should look at other top players that have come at a young age to this country,” Lampard told talkSPORT.
“Eden Hazard being a great example. He came here and became one of our greatest players ever.
“It’s not an easy transition to this league. It’s a hard league and I think people that question them should give them time because they are great lads and we signed them for now and the future.
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“I understand the questions as it’s the world we live in. They will prove to be big players for the club.”
Chelsea’s victory over the League Two club also saw academy graduates Mason Mount and Callum Hudson-Odoi find the back of the net.
Lampard named an extremely strong side against Morecambe and decided against blooding a host of the club’s exciting youngsters who had been training with the first team last week.
Tino Anjorin, Lewis Bate, Henry Lawrence, Tino Livramento and 16-year-old Jude Soonsup-Bell were among those added to training but it was only Anjorin who was included in the matchday squad, with the powerful box-to-box midfielder coming on for the final ten minutes.
“I think the balance of selection from me was players who haven’t been playing so much and deserve to get minutes. They did and they did well,” Lampard explained.
“Also players that are playing but want confidence and are searching. You see that in the goals. Kai comes in with his goal late in the game and Timo gets a goal.
“In attacking areas and areas we started the season well in our unbeaten run, we were scoring lots of goals in areas all over the pitch, but that hasn’t come with us.
“We need that if we are going to be successful this year. The confidence today can be very helpful going forward.”
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