Darren Bent believes that managers like Mauricio Pochettino will be waiting if Frank Lampard struggles this season.
Chelsea have been the most active club in the transfer window this summer and Frank Lampard has spent in the north of £200million to acquire big-time players like Timo Werner, Ben Chilwell, Hakim Ziyech and Kai Havertz.
The Blues spending spree has put the Chelsea boss under great pressure and after a successful debut season with the Blues, Lampard should be on the lookout for some silverware in his second season with the club.
“The next step is trophies,” Bent told Goal. “He has got to deliver trophies as he has bought top players from around Europe.
“Chelsea had a free crack at them and after having a free hit year with a transfer embargo, it has ramped up the pressure twofold. Werner, [Hakim] Ziyech, Thiago Silva, Ben Chilwell and Havertz are all top players. They are luxuries for any manager in the positions they play.
“For me, he has got to deliver. My fear is that if they don’t get off to the best of starts, other great managers like Pochettino will be waiting to go in.
“I am pretty sure that most managers around the world would now quit where they were to manage this squad of players.”
“I think he did well at Derby but, ultimately, I think he should have been promoted with Harry Wilson, Mason Mount and Fikayo Tomori in the squad on loan,” he said. “I honestly think they should have gone up and they didn’t.
“I am not overly convinced he did an amazing job. He did well but he didn’t deliver above and beyond. As far as giving him a platform to manage at Chelsea, he did well this year when no one gave them an opportunity to do it. You have to commend that.”