Frank Lampard has urged Chelsea’s senior players to become ‘killers’ and produce ‘big numbers’ after seeing his side return to winning ways with a 4-0 victory over Morecambe.
Chelsea won for just the second time in eight fixtures in all competitions with a comfortable victory over the fourth-tier side in the FA Cup’s third round on Sunday, with Lampard selecting a strong side at Stamford Bridge as he sought to restore confidence amongst his players.
The decision proved a positive one as summer signings Timo Werner and Kai Havertz were both on the scoresheet after struggling in recent weeks, Mason Mount and Callum Hudson-Odoi also on target as Chelsea eased into the fourth round.
Lampard was pleased with his side’s display but has called for more from the club’s attacking contingent, urging Chelsea’s senior stars to produce ‘big numbers’ as they bid to compete with the Premier League‘s best.
“What we can’t ask the youth of this squad sometimes is to be absolutely consistent and be killers, like other players in the league are in terms of the numbers they produce and consistently produce,” Lampard said in his press conference at Stamford Bridge.
“That will come for our lads but at the moment their contributions are good.
“I mean killers in the best possible terms and I hope people know what I mean. We have a lot of young players with a lot of potential, who are coming through and of a young age.
“However the players at the top of the Premier League are scoring week on week and winning year on year, and at the ages of 27, 28, and are very established and they produce week on week, with big numbers. Players at that stage expect to be producing at those sorts of levels.
“So, for us, there’s work to be done to get to the levels where hopefully we can jump to challenge those teams.”
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