‘Right direction’: Paul Merson gives verdict on Chelsea FC’s progress under Frank Lampard

Sky Sports pundit Paul Merson says Chelsea FC are heading in the right direction under Frank Lampard

The Sport Review staff
By The Sport Review staff
Paul Merson
Arsenal legend Paul Merson (Photo: Sky Sports)

Paul Merson says Chelsea FC are heading in the right direction under Frank Lampard.

The Blues have made a promising start to the 2019-20 season after Lampard was appointed as Maurizio Sarri’s successor at Stamford Bridge in the summer.

Chelsea FC are sitting in fourth position in the Premier League table and six points ahead of the chasing pack after the west London outfit were 2-1 winners against Watford at Vicarage Road last weekend.

The Blues have won their last five Premier League games to build substantial top-four momentum in the top flight heading into the busy festive schedule.

Chelsea FC came from 4-1 down to draw 4-4 with last season’s Champions League semi-finalists Ajax at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday night to highlight their never-say-die attitude under Lampard.

The club’s record goal-scorer hasn’t been afraid to give youth a chance to shine since taking over the reins of the club.

Tammy Abraham, Mason Mount and Fikayo Tomori have all become key players, while Callum Hudson-Odoi has recently returned from a long-term injury.

Sky Sports pundit Merson is impressed with Chelsea FC’s steady progress under Lampard over the past couple of months.

“Saturday’s trip to winless Watford was a banana skin for Chelsea – Watford have to win a match at eventually – but the Blues keep on churning out results,” Merson told Sky Sports.

“The job Frank Lampard is doing, he’s getting a tune out of everyone. You’ve only got to look at Kovacic, who last season made you question whether he ever played for Real Madrid with his performances, but you watch him now and he looks like a proper player.

“You’ve also got to remember that Chelsea’s success has come without their key players; their best centre-back Antonio Rudiger and one of the best holding midfielders in the world in N’Golo Kante.

“You look at Chelsea’s squad and it’s a good squad. They’re young, so they will have their ups and downs, but they’re enthusiastic and Lampard is leading them in the right direction.”

Chelsea FC’s form this season is even more remarkable when you consider Lampard was unable to sign players in the summer transfer window due to the west London side’s transfer ban.

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