Sky Sports pundit Jamie Redknapp branded Chelsea “soft” in their defeat to Leicester City and believes the blame falls on the players for their continual under-performance, as opposed to manager Frank Lampard.
Chelsea have lost five of their last eight Premier League matches and have gone from possible title contenders to potentially missing out on the Champions League altogether, should their downturn in form fail to be addressed.
That has heaped pressure further on Lampard’s shoulders, following a summer of more than £200million invested in the first team but former Liverpool and Tottenham midfielder Redknapp claims new arrivals like Timo Werner, Kai Havertz and Ben Chilwell need to step up.
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Werner and Havertz, who arrived from Bundesliga clubs RB Leipzig and Bayer Leverkusen, respectively, have underwhelmed and were made to look decidedly second best by a Leicester team whose performance encapsulated everything Chelsea weren’t at the King Power Stadium.
The Foxes played with purpose, energy, aggression and won individual battles across the park, nullifying Chelsea, forcing defensive mistakes and were worthy 2-0 winners.
“You bring in lots of new players, it’s like you’re a kid in a candy shop, you’ve got all the players but who do you pick and where do you play them?” Redknapp said on Sky Sports.
“Players that come in from another country, you’re hoping they’re going to hit the ground running. [Kai] Havertz and [Timo] Werner just haven’t. They were two star signings, they’ve struggled.
“There are one or two things that I look at and this will upset Frank more than anything because he was as hard-working a player as I’ve ever seen. But one or two of them are a little bit soft.
“You never want to be labelled a soft team, one that doesn’t run enough,…