Financial impacts of the coronavirus epidemic and the need to maintain and sustain a football club has resulted in a lot of pressure for most English Premier League clubs.
The bumper television deals and pressure from fans also mean that clubs now want instant success. This has especially been evident with how clubs do business in the transfer window, signing marquee players in an attempt to achieve the ever so elusive success both at the home and international arena. While some of the signings have gone on to prove their worth, others have flopped badly. This scenario has not been especially helped with owners who become impatient with their coaches when success is not forthcoming. However, some teams have given their coaching staff time to forge a squad that is capable of challenging for major honours. Here are some of the reasons why Lampard needs time to come up with a squad that can challenge for major honours against top teams such as Liverpool and Manchester City.
Chelsea’s season so far
Sitting at 10th position and having won one just once, Chelsea’s season seems to be unfolding at a much slower pace than expected. They have already faced champions Liverpool where they lost, and have also played Manchester United where they ended up playing out a drab draw. In the 5 games they have played so far, they have won only once, lost once and drawn 3 times. The expectations were that the club’s outlay of more than £200 during the summer transfer window would hit the ground running with no time. However, the coach believes that the rushed return to the season after the pandemic means his recruits had little time to gel and work together as a unit. As the fixtures come in thick and fast, Lampard understands the tough task ahead of him. On the other hand, he knows that he needs to work fast to ensure the likes of Liverpool and Manchester City are not out of sight by the time he figures his squad out. If you are a football fan, then you can fancy your chances according to bookies on this site.
How new signings will integrate
The signings of Hakim Ziyech and Kai Havertz are expected to add attacking depth, while Timo Werner is a top-class striker who is expected to come up with the goals. One of the areas where Chelsea have fallen short is at the goalkeeping department, with Kepa Arrizabalaga proving unreliable from time to time. The addition of Edouard Mendy is expected to address this situation. One of the headaches facing Lampard is how these new signings will work out and how to get them working together as a unit. Lampard will have to contend with the constant questioning of his ability to lead such as an expensive squad, especially with the non-forgiving nature of the premier league and an owner who does not exude the patience of seeing his team go without success for a long time.