Jamie Redknapp has spoken out to criticise Chelsea for their “kid in a sweet shop” transfer policy that threatens to see his cousin Frank Lampard sacked.
The Blues produced a lacklustre performance from start to finish as Leicester ran out confortable 2-0 winners on Tuesday.
An early Wildred Ndidi goal set the tone. Leicester’s second strike came via shambolic defending from Chelsea’s centre-halves.
The result sent the Foxes top of the table. However, all the talk afterwards was switched on Lampard amid claims he is facing the sack.
Chelsea have slipped to eighth and are now six points short of Liverpool in fourth, having played a game more.
The Blues boss is coming under increasing pressure after splashing out the best part of £220m this summer. Despite the money invbested, Chelsea look far weaker this season.
However, Redknapp claims Chelsea’s “kid in a sweet shop” policy has done cousin Lampard no favours.
He said on Sky Sports: “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?
“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.”
Redknapp knows why Lampard is upset
“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, that doesn’t work hard, win individual battles.
“That can boil down to confidence, but I look at that team right now and there are one or two of them that are just doing enough and they can’t just do enough playing for Chelsea.”
The Blues are next in action against Luton in the FA Cup on Sunday. It remains to be seen if Lampard will still be in charge.