04 Jul Chelsea appoint Frank Lampard: ‘High 4 could be superb first season’ – Jamie Redknapp requires realism at Stamford Bridge
The brand new Blues boss has signed a three-year deal at Stamford Bridge after being named as Maurizio Sarri’s successor
Chelsea must be sensible about their high 4 hopes after confirming the appointment of enjoying legend Frank Lampard as their new supervisor , in response to ex-England worldwide Jamie Redknapp.
The warning comes as Lampard prepares for his first season in cost having misplaced the companies of star plater Eden Hazard to Actual Madrid earlier this summer season.
Although Christian Pulisic was signed in January and a everlasting deal to signal loanee Mateo Kovacic was confirmed on July 1, Lampard is unable to make any additional additions to his squad to the FIFA-imposed transfer ban that has been positioned on the membership.
And ex-Liverpool and Tottenham midfielder Redknapp, who can be Lampard’s cousin, believes qualifying for the Champions League could be a profitable first season in cost for the 41-year-old.
He instructed Sky Sports activities : “The expectation might be to complete within the high 4, however they have to be sensible. I feel there will be moments within the season the place it will likely be a wrestle, due to the Hazard impact.
“It doesn’t matter what supervisor you could have – [Pep] Guardiola, [Jose] Mourinho, anybody – they’ll wrestle with out that high quality of participant.
“But when they had been to complete within the high 4 that may be an incredible season contemplating the transfer embargo and all the things else.”
Chelsea completed third within the Premier League final season and received the Europa League however struggled for targets at occasions and might be unable so as to add to their firepower except the ban is lifted.
Redknapp believes that persistence, a high quality not usually on proven at Stamford Bridge lately, might be required as Lampard makes the massive step up from managing one season within the Championship with Derby County.
“It’s a terrific transfer, not only for Frank however for Chelsea too,” he mentioned. “It’s astute, you want somebody who can stabilise the membership considerably while you’ve misplaced your greatest participant and are beneath a transfer embargo.
“They’ve obtained one in all their very own, the followers adore him. He’ll want time, there’ll be lots of adjustments; you’ll be able to’t usher in any personnel to interchange an enormous star title like Eden Hazard. He’ll must be given time, however he’ll – as a result of he’s Frank Lampard.”
Questions additionally stay about whether or not Lampard is being promoted too rapidly having only one season as a supervisor beneath his belt, however Redknapp believes the timing is true given the circumstances.
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“I do know he loved his time at Derby. He had a terrific rapport with the followers however you’ll be able to’t flip one thing like this down.
“Everybody can have their opinions, some folks will say it’s too early, others folks will say it’s the suitable time, however for somebody like Frank – he is aware of the sport, he’s labored with among the greatest managers on the planet, and when it comes to timing it’s the proper time.
“The gamers will respect him, and persistence would be the key,” added Redknapp.