Frank Lampard

Stamford Bridge, the grave yard for strikers?

Torres, Sturridge and Werner? What do these names have in common? Football fans, these are some of the strikers who have joined West London club Chelsea and unfortunately for them have failed. All three are very talented strikers, but it begs the question why have these three struggled whilst playing for The Blues?

I have a theory, and with Daniel Sturridge and Timo Werner my theory and beliefs are supported. Former Liverpool forward Sturridge was played out of position as is Werner currently. In the case of Germany forward Werner, he has played some games down the middle, but he needs a consistent run up top.

The same could have been said with Sturridge. Former Man City academy starlet Daniel Sturridge did impress whilst on loan with Bolton and playing for Liverpool.

The former England striker in his time at Anfield, was part of the legendary strike force that was labelled SAS, which came with in a whisker of winning the league title in the 2013 Premier League season.

This theory that I have although maybe supported with Werner and Sturridge, can’t be said with Fernando Torres. World cup winning Torres, before he made his then British transfer record £50 million to West London, was one of the most feared strikers on the planet. Sadly for El Nino, injuries ended up curtailing a career that had promised so much.

Those injuries, dented the confidence of the Spaniard and what promised to be a good transfer never worked out that way. Torres was able to resurrect his career of sorts at boyhood club Atletico Madrid, but sadly he was never the same.

With Werner, he is of course still in West London and he has time to break what seems to be a curse that strikers have when they go there. Frank please, play him where he needs to be up top!

Didier Drogba in recent times has been in my humble opinion, the sole striker who has succeeded at Chelsea.

The fact that Frank Lampard ( a midfielder and a world class one at that) is the clubs all-time leading scorer, maybe proves my point?

But maybe the role of the striker isn’t like what it used to be?

Kezman, Crespo and Shevchenko are other players I thought of (who have struggled at Stamford Bridge) as I write this. Am I on to something here? Does my argument have substance to it? Let me know in the comments.

Lampard for the sack?

After compiling a previous piece on Leeds United and why they will get relegated (it proved spicy shall I say), in what I will now call the unpopular opinion series. I am back with another thought provoking blog.

In today’s installment, I want to talk about the current situation at Chelsea, and to be more precise, the future of their manager Frank Lampard.

He got Derby to the play off final, in his first season in charge, he beat Marcelo Bielsa’s Leeds in the two-leg playoff semi-final I hear you say. As impressive as that was, the former Chelsea player did have a couple of players on loan from the Stamford Bridge outfit.

Fikoyo Tomori, and Mason Mount the players of course, the latter is now a first team regular in fact. I am just trying to emphasise, that The Rams had one of the best sides in the division, and arguably should have got promoted.

Yes, it was a narrow 1-0 loss they suffered in the final to Villa, but for Chelsea to come calling off the back of that season is a tad maybe kind? This is the same Chelsea who sacked The Special One, not once but twice! This is the same Chelsea who chose to pay a world record fee (£13.5 million) to bring former Porto manager Andre-Villas Boas to Chelsea .

That was a success wasn’t it? (110% sarcasm in my voice as you can tell). The Portuguese barely lasted a season, and was given the axe after a first leg loss to Napoli. On an interim caretaker basis former Blues midfielder Roberto Di Matteo, won the Champions League and FA Cup, only to be unceremoniously sacked the season after.

I am just trying to point out, that Chelsea have hired a lot of managers and fired them too, so why is Frank Lampard not under the same scrutiny? He has been given over £200 million to spend, he has got a fantasy football team at his disposal, so how are they losing?

How can a team of this quality lose to Everton, Wolves, Arsenal, Manchester City in such a short space of time? There’s world class talent at his disposal. It is a crazy season, so one can’t get too hung up about the league table and where they are in it as there’s not much seperate the teams in the standings.

Chelsea are eighth and an apparently poor Manchester United team is joint top with the brilliant Liverpool.

Now, my personal opinion is that Frank Lampard should be given time to turn this around. If results don’t improve, then it’s hard to argue a case for preferential treatment for the former Derby County manager.