Frank Lampard has insisted that his new Chelsea signings need to be given time to reach similar heights to Harry Kane and Mo Salah.
The Blues spent over £200m on new recruits this summer. German duo Timo Werner and Kai Havertz were two of their most expensive signings.
Werner and Havertz have both struggled since moving to the Premier League. Werner was on a 12-game goal drought before this weekend’s FA Cup third round ties.
Havertz tested positive for COVID-19 in November. Before Chelsea’s game against Morecambe, he was without a goal in 15 games.
But both men got on the scoresheet as the Blues breezed past the League Two outfit. Callum Hudson-Odoi and Mason Mount also scored as Lampard’s men ran out 4-0 winners.
Speaking post-match, as cited by the Daily Mirror, Lampard said he was pleased that Werner got a goal against Morecambe:
“People talk about the youth in the squad but what we can’t ask for the youth is to be killers and to be consistent.
“That will come but for the moment their contributions are good. I’m pleased for Timo because strikers want to score goals.
“He has had plenty of near misses and in this game it wasn’t easy as they didn’t leave a lot of space in behind.
“But we understand at the club that some of the greatest players who have come into this league haven’t found it easy at the beginning.
“When you look at the top of the scoring charts you find players who are 28, 29, who have had to work their way to the top and they produce.
“With our players people look at price tags and expect them to reach those kinds of levels. But there is work to be done to get to a point where we can bridge that gap.”
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