Frank Lampard has pointed towards the characters and legends of Chelsea’s past to explain why several of his top players have stopped scoring regularly..”
Kai Havertz, Christian Pulisic and Hakim Ziyech have just two goals between them since November 1, while Timo Werner is on a 10-game goal drought in the Premier League.
That drying up of goals has become a factor in why Lampard’s side tumbled down the table over the winter period, having briefly been top in early December.
Ahead of a match against Leicester, who sit four places above the Blues, Lampard spoke about how even in a league where big teams are dropping points, Chelsea don’t have the experience of being winners.
“People were touting us as title challengers, [but] we have a squad that’s young in composition – especially in forward areas. We don’t have the players in those areas that this club has had before, that are goal machines or assist machines that win you games,” Lampard began telling reporters.
“We haven’t got Eden Hazard contributing 50 per cent of goals or assists. We haven’t got a [Diego] Costa scoring 30 goals. We are developing those players and I believe in them strongly. We are not quite there where other teams around us maybe are at the front end of the path.
“For us there could be tough times. So it’s important for me and the players to keep working but also stay patient and calm..”