Hold off Tammy Abraham and you shackle the Blues. This the game plan teams have settled against Lampard’s charges and it is paying off.
A lot has been said about Chelsea this season. Frank Lampard’s youth revolution has been great in the first part of the season, with a top-four slot. However, it is not secured and Premier League team’s have found a way to get the better of them.
And the answer is easy. Newcastle showed it over the weekend. Hold off Tammy Abraham, and you keep the Blues at arm’s length. A point is in the bag. To get all three, hit Chelsea on the counter.
This is not a matter of clever maneuvering. It is pretty straight forward. The Blues do not have any other means to get over the scoreboard. Jorginho and Kovacic’s creativity comes to naught in their unidimensional approach.
Frank Lampard admits his side are too reliant on the young forward. And it is not something that exudes confidence amongst fans and neutrals.
“We can’t always rely on Tammy, we have to have goals across our front line,” Lampard said at St James’ Park. “If we want to bridge the gap upwards, we can’t just rely on Tammy. He has been fantastic this season.”
“It didn’t quite come off for him this evening, but that is football. I can’t complain about anything from the team, really. Of course, we don’t want to give headers away in our box. They are big, it happens, but apart from that they gave everything to try to win the game.”
No attacking additions
In the first part of the season, it could have been argued that Chelsea did not get the time to reinforce the dressing room. But the club’s lethargy in adding to their ranks is hurting them now.
The team has failed to setup up a run of wins. And consequently, it is affecting their confidence on the pitch. The players look isolated and unidimensional approach is at the heart of their inability to unlock sturdy defenses.
With Olivier Giroud leaving the club, Tammy reliance will become greater. With top targets unwilling to leave their current employers, it is difficult to freshen the squad. But the Blues are stubbornly not looking in other directions.
Chelsea had the chance of getting Gabriel ‘Gabigol’ Barbosa from Inter Milan but Flamengo have the march on them. The forward has scored goals galore in his return to Brazil and it would not hurt to bring him to Stamford Bridge.
As it stands, Chelsea do not have the answers asked off them and look unidimensional in their approach. They need to take a gamble in attack but are refusing to do so.