Frank Lampard to step up Chelsea’s search for attacking talent

Tammy Abraham endured a sobering lesson on a day Chelsea paid the price for failing to cash in on their superiority at St James’ Park.

Manager Frank Lampard had some sympathy for his misfiring striker but is fast losing patience with his side’s inability to take their chances.

And he’ll step up his search for the attacking talent which he believes they require to secure a top four finish.

Lampard hooked Abraham late on after the England rookie’s failure to add to his 16 goal haul but refused to use his inexperience as an excuse.

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“It doesn’t matter what his age is,” said the Chelsea boss.

“Harry Kane has afternoons like that so does Mbappe, so does Lionel Messi.

“One thing I would expect is desire and he always gives that to be fair.

“I think it was just a difficult afternoon.

Chelsea manager Frank Lampard looks dejected
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“Newcastle absolutely got numbers in their box and defend so to expect loads of space is not right.

“To hope he gives everything to get that space is what he did. It just didn’t quite come off.”

Lampard wants to see improvement in the final third whether that’s by bringing someone in or his current players sharpening their instincts.

“We need to be more clinical in the box,” he added

“We spent a lot of time around the opposition box and we’ve chipped in with goals from midfield but the reality is we need more goals from the frontline.”