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What is Frank Lampard’s Plan B and why is it failing?

Frank Lampard

After a run of positive results, the Blues have failed to live up to hype surrounding them, succumbing to dry defeats against unfancied sides.

Chelsea were not supposed to by vying for a top-four berth. Frank Lampard in his first season at the Stamford Bridge was supposed to guide the team to a mid-table position but his team has punched above their weights.

With a five-point advantage over the trailing pack, Chelsea seem en-route to securing Champions League participation next year. But it will be a difficult task for Lampard. His youth revolution is stuttering and the former England midfielder is out of answers.

Chelsea’s plan of action under Lampard has been to supply Tammy Abraham. And the academy graduate has repaid the faith put in him. He has scored 15 goals in the Blues cause, all vital goals to secure points on offer.

It was a good plan, still is. But opponents have understood this over the course of 2019/20 season. As it stands, when the plan works, Tammy scores. And when it doesn’t, Chelsea suffer. There is no other attacking outlet that guarantees goals.

Unreliable Plan B

Chelsea’s Plan B is to get into the box from the flanks. Willian is there, so is Pulisic. The duo are not prolific. Willian is having a great season but his numbers are below par. The same goes for the American.

With a combined tally of 11 goals, their contribution has been infrequent enough to make a difference. Frank Lampard has faith in Callum Hudson-Odoi.

Odoi is an option, but he is still recovering from injuries. Moreover, like the aforementioned duo, he is not prolific enough to be relied upon. The 19-year-old has the skills but have yet to realize them.

Mason Mount has scored from his advanced mid-field position. But his performances have tailed off in recent months. As of now, Mount can be relied upon to huff and puff across the length of the pitch, but not to trouble the scorers.

As it shows, only Willian has experience under his belt, while the rest are still finding their feet. And this is the problem with Chelsea’s Plan B. None of the players in question can be relied to regularly score for them.

Contributions from across the pitch are meagre and this is affecting Chelsea’s return on the points. For a midfielder who scored over fifteen goals across 9 seasons, Lampard is aware of the problems afflicting his side.