Gary Neville sends message to Chelsea FC about Frank Lampard
Sky Sports pundit Gary Neville gives his verdict on Frank Lampard at Chelsea FC
Gary Neville says Chelsea FC need to give Frank Lampard time to change the culture at the club.
The Blues turned to their club record goal-scorer in the summer after Maurizio Sarri left the Stamford Bridge outfit to take over the reins of Serie A champions Juventus.
Lampard’s hands have been somewhat tied since his return to the west London side given Chelsea FC are currently serving a transfer ban handed out by Fifa.
Therefore the Blues manager was unable to sign any of his own players in the summer, with Mateo Kovacic and Christian Pulisic arriving on prearranged deals.
Lampard hasn’t been afraid to give Chelsea FC’s youngsters a chance to shine in the first-team, with Mason Mount and Tammy Abraham excelling so far this term.
Former Manchester United defender Neville has urged Chelsea FC to be patient with Lampard as the Blues coach implements his vision for the club using the young talent.
“Like Ole Gunnar Solskjaer at Manchester United, I think the same for Frank Lampard at Chelsea,” Neville told Sky Sports.
“We are seeing Lampard try to change what has been a machine for the last 15 years at Chelsea. They’ve been a physical machine that’s had that experience. You’ve always looked at Chelsea and thought they know their way around the pitch. They are wise, they are mature.
“You look at this team now and it has less experience. It has less know how and it has more youth and immaturity about it. With that comes more mistakes and some bad results.
“Lampard is a young manager, but having made the decision to appoint him, it doesn’t seem right that they’re not going to go with them and back them with what they are trying to do – because he’s trying to change the culture at the club.
“If you are trying to do what Lampard’s doing, which is bringing through the likes of Tammy Abraham, Mason Mount, Ruben Loftus-Cheek and other academy-type players, you are going to have to give him time. That’s the big question for both Chelsea, and Manchester United.
“They are going to need strong leadership, they are going to have to withstand some pressure, particularly on social media, and stand firm. They need to say: “We know what’s being built here, it’s right and we’re going to go with it.”
Chelsea FC will host Valencia in their Champions League group-stage opener at Stamford Bridge on Tuesday night before the Blues take on Liverpool FC in west London next Sunday.
The Blues sold Eden Hazard to Real Madrid in the summer transfer window before David Luiz quit Chelsea FC to join their bitter rivals Arsenal on deadline day.