FRANK LAMPARD knew upon getting the managerial job at Chelsea that he would be losing Eden Hazard and would have to find a new way of creating goals.
That’s according to former Tottenham midfielder Jermaine Jenas.
Lampard’s first game in charge of Chelsea ended in disaster on Sunday, as his side suffered a humiliating 4-0 defeat to Manchester United.
Marcus Rashford scored twice in the rout, while there were goals for Anthony Martial and debutant Daniel James.
Chelsea were without several key members of the team, with Willian, N’Golo Kante and Antonio Rudiger all missing.
And their absence showed, as the Blues lacked leadership and stability as they were picked apart by United.
Lampard is expected to rely heavily on youth this season, with the club hit by a transfer embargo prohibiting them from making any new signings until summer of 2020.
On Sunday, his starting line-up reflected that notion, with Tammy Abraham leading the line ahead of Mason Mount behind him.
The young forward was unfortunate to not grab himself a goal, but ultimately his performance will worry Chelsea fans as he is likely to be the club’s leading source of goals, following Eden Hazard’s £130million move to Real Madrid in the summer.
Speaking on Match of the Day 2, Jenas explained that Lampard will be able to cope without the Belgian, and will manage to find goals from elsewhere.
“That was always going to be the case, that’s not something new,” he said.
“They knew they were going to lose Eden Hazard and that they had a transfer embargo.
“That’s just the job Frank Lampard had on his hands.
“He has to find a new way of playing, trying to go and get those goals from everywhere on the pitch.
“I saw enough in the first half to know that they will create chances.
“It’s just – have they got that person who’s going to be clinical when they need it, so those types of games don’t get flipped on the head like that.”