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Arsenal legend urges Chelsea to strengthen this one position to turn into title challengers

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Timo Werner reckons Chelsea can go the distance in UCL

Paul Merson urges Chelsea to sign a prolific striker

Speaking on Sky Sports (h/t Express), Arsenal legend Paul Merson believes Chelsea can transform themselves into genuine title contenders if they land a prolific striker.

The Blues went big in the summer with German ace Timo Werner among their acquisitions. The 24-year-old has enjoyed a mixed start to his career in Blue and is currently going through a 12-game goal-drought

While Tammy Abraham and Olivier Giroud have proven themselves to be dependable backups, the club is lacking an out and out goalscorer to lead the line.

Arsenal legend Paul Merson believes Chelsea can transform themselves into genuine title contenders if they land a prolific striker.
Paul Merson believes neither Tammy Abraham (L) nor Olivier Giroud (R) is good enough (Chelsea FC via Getty Images)

Merson does not believe that either Abraham or Giroud presents the Blues with an answer to their striking woes. With Werner largely playing on the left, he believes the club could do with another striker.

“I think Chelsea may have signed him to play as a striker, but that is not working, and if his best position is off the left, then Chelsea need a centre forward.”

Despite Abraham and Giroud holding their own, Merson believes they lack the quality to lead a title charge. He believes neither player has the ability to establish themselves as an infallible scorer.

“No disrespect to Olivier Giroud or Tammy Abraham, but you are not going to win the Premier League with those as your front two.”

Timo Werner joined from RB Leipzig
Timo Werner has struggled to make an impact on the left wing

While having a dependable scorer does make life easy, it is far from a certainty that it can guarantee us the title. After all, Mohamed Salah and Luis Suarez both had record-breaking seasons with Liverpool only to come up short in the Premier League.

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Werner has struggled to recreate his prolific performances for Leipzig. However, it is still his first season playing outside Germany and the youngster can still come good.

Giving up on him so soon would be foolhardy. The 24-year-old clearly is not lacking in talent. Given Giroud’s age, the Blues will need to bring in another striker in the coming windows. But dismissing the players already at the club would be a tad too shortsighted.

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“Has a future at Chelsea” – Some fans react as Blues loanee impresses against Man United

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Chelsea fans react on Twitter after Ruben Loftus-Cheek impresses against Manchester United

Chelsea star Ruben Loftus-Cheek continues to enhance his reputation while on loan at Fulham.

The 24-year-old looked to be on his way to making it into the Chelsea first-team before injuries stopped him in his tracks. In fact, his current run at Craven Cottage is the longest since his return to action.

While he has continued to blow hot and cold, the level of performances are picking up.

Chelsea loanee Ruben Loftus-Cheek impressed against Manchester United. He is slowly but steadily returning to his best with Fulham.
Chelsea loanee Ruben Loftus-Cheek impressed against Manchester United (Manchester United via Getty Images)

The Englishman could not stop a United comeback after Fulham had taken an early lead. However, he impressed with some good movement and even tested David de Gea in the United goal. It is fair to say that he caused Fred much trouble in the middle of the park.

While it failed to garner a result, his performance on the night will also come as a welcome sign to Scott Parker. The former Blue, in charge of Fulham, has full faith that the midfielder will reach his potential.

Alongside Ross Barkley and Conor Gallagher, Loftus-Cheek is also beginning to reap the benefits of spending the season out on loan.

We take a look at how fans reacted to the midfielder’s performance against United

Twitter reacts as Chelsea loanee impresses against United

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“No chance” – German giants chip in on Twitter to send Chelsea a message

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RB Leipzig respond to Chelsea fan’s query on Julian Nagelsmann

According to the Express, RB Leipzig manager Julian Nagelsmann is the frontrunner to replace a struggling Frank Lampard at Chelsea.

The German is one of the best young coaches in world football. He made a name for himself with TSG Hoffenheim and now continues to lead Leipzig with distinction.

Leipzig isn’t just a domestic powerhouse but is also taking strides in Europe. They made it to the Champions League semifinals last season and have also qualified for the last 16 this time around.

A Chelsea fan took to Leipzig’s Twitter account to ask them a favour. The tongue in cheek attempt hinted at the availability of Nagelsmann to take over at Chelsea.

The German side’s social media team took the effort graciously before shutting down the Chelsea fan’s efforts at beating about the bush.

Julian Nagelsmann is on the Chelsea radar (GEPA pictures/ Sven Sonntag)

This did not stop the fan from pointing out that the German side said the same thing about Timo Werner. If it comes to pass, let’s hope Nagelsmann makes more of an impact than the German striker.

Nagelsmann has prior experience of working with Werner. It can be argued that he was the one who turned the 24-year-old into a goalscoring machine.

An abundance of talent?

Werner has struggled to recreate the same level at Chelsea. The same can be said for Kai Havertz, who at times looks lost on the field. The Blues have been touted to bring in a German-speaking coach to get the best out of the duo. (h/t The Athletic) (Subscription Required)

Frank Lampard has jumped to the defence of the players as pressure mounts on them to monitor goal celebrations amid Covid-19 regulations. (GETTY Images)
Frank Lampard under pressure after Leicester defeat (GETTY Images)

With the likes of Thomas Tuchel, Ralph Hasenhuttl, Ralf Rangnick also linked, there appears to be some truth in the news. At 33, Nagelsmann however has excellent potential and could be the right long-term prospect to lead us forward.

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According to The Express, Lampard has been given three games to turn things around. Whether this is a final opportunity for him to save his job remains to be seen.

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Do or die – Lampard told what he needs to do to save Chelsea job

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Frank Lampard under pressure after Leicester defeat (GETTY Images)

Frank Lampard given three games to save Chelsea job

According to Sky Sports, Chelsea have given manager Frank Lampard three games to prove he is the right man for the job.

The Blues legend has come under intense scrutiny following a poor run of two wins in eight Premier League games. Once top, the club is now floundering in the eighth spot.

Having spent a fortune to bring in players in the summer, Lampard has been backed well by the club. With results failing to pick up, patience appears to be wearing thin at the Bridge.

Chelsea have given manager Frank Lampard three games to prove he is the right man for the job.
Lampard living on borrowed time?

Chelsea oligarch Roman Abramovich is notoriously known to disperse with managers when the going gets tough. Lampard is not just a club legend but also a name that is popular among the Blues faithful.

This has made the Chelsea board apprehensive about calling time on the 42-year-old’s stint at Stamford Bridge. However, there is only so much leeway even he can get. (h/t The Express)

The likes of Massimiliano Allegri, Julian Nagelsmann, Ralph Hasenhuttl, and Thomas Tuchel have all been linked with the Chelsea hot-seat. The news could gain more traction in the coming weeks if results don’t pick up. (h/t The Express)

Chelsea have given manager Frank Lampard three games to prove he is the right man for the job.
Frank Lampard has three games to save his Chelsea job (GETTY Images)

Chelsea next faces Championship side Luton Town in the FA Cup this weekend. This is followed up by a Premier League doubleheader against Wolverhampton Wanderers and Burnley.

On paper, the Blues should be expected to win all three games. Anything less than that could spell disaster for Lampard.

The Blues boss has shown moments of great promise and could go on to become a top-level manager. For now, his very survival is at stake and he will need to showcase just what he is made of.

Chelsea have given manager Frank Lampard three games to prove he is the right man for the job.
Abramovich losing patience?

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Despite our poor run of form, the Blues sit just five points shy of the fourth spot. A good run of results could see us get back in the mix for a top-four finish.

With more than half a season to go, there is plenty to play for. It remains to be seen if Lampard will be the man trusted to see us through it.

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Lampard admits Chelsea star is doing better than ever, despite not playing regularly

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Callum Hudson-Odoi linked with a move to Bayern Munich again.

Frank Lampard lavishes praise on Chelsea star Callum Hudson-Odoi

According to Football.london, Chelsea manager Frank Lampard believes Callum Hudson-Odoi is doing better than ever.

The 20-year-old has made 17 appearances for the club this season. During that time he has scored five goals and made two assists. (h/t Transfermarkt)

The winger has been in good form of late. He impressed off the bench against Arsenal and Manchester City before putting in another stellar performance against Morecambe.

Callum Hudson-Odoi has struggled to make starts for Chelsea
Callum Hudson-Odoi has struggled to make starts for Chelsea

Despite the team looking more threatening with Hudson-Odoi on the pitch, he has often started on the bench. Lampard believes it is ‘lazy’ to claim the Blues are only firing when the player is on the field.

The Blues boss admits that Hudson-Odoi is currently performing at a high level. He has done well to return from injury and is once again showing his ability.

“He is playing at a really high level in terms of where we saw him last year, recovering from an injury.”

Chelsea manager Frank Lampard believes Callum Hudson-Odoi is doing better than ever
Chelsea manager Frank Lampard believes Callum Hudson-Odoi is doing better than ever

Speaking ahead of the game against Fulham, Hudson-Odoi insisted that he needed to make the most of the opportunities that come his way. Lampard for one is witnessing progression in the player and believes he will continue to get chances.

“His progression is there, he is getting his chances and he will get more chances.”

Crossing the threshold?

The Chelsea boss went on to label Hudson-Odoi’s form as the best it has been during his reign. At 20, he still has the best years of his career ahead of him. So far the signs look good and it is clear why he is held in such high regard.

“He is playing better than I have seen him play for us and really contributing. That is through his own hard work.”

Chelsea manager Frank Lampard believes Callum Hudson-Odoi is doing better than ever
Callum Hudson-Odoi has been excellent off the bench

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The Blues take on Leicester City later tonight. With Christian Pulisic and Timo Werner failing to find the back of the net, Hudson-Odoi can hopefully once again be the difference-maker.

Hopefully, he is now able to get a consistent run of games and become a regular in the side.

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