Arsenal hero Alan Smith calls on Roman Abramovich to be ‘patient’ with struggling Chelsea manager Frank Lampard

Roman Abramovich has a decision to make over Chelsea manager Frank Lampard
Roman Abramovich has a decision to make over Chelsea manager Frank Lampard (Pictures: Getty)

Arsenal legend Alan Smith has called on Roman Abramovich to be ‘patient’ with struggling Chelsea manager Frank Lampard.

Lampard is fighting to save his job at Stamford Bridge following a run of five defeats from eight matches. The Blues are currently eighth in the Premier League, 11 points behind leaders Manchester United.

Abramovich has been ruthless with a number of former Chelsea bosses but Smith believes it may be time for the owner to show ‘patience’ as Lampard attempts to turn things around.

‘The big question, of course, is whether Roman Abramovich is prepared to wait for Lampard,’ former Arsenal and England striker Smith told the Evening Standard.

‘This is actually an interesting situation for Chelsea’s owner. Does he grant more time than normal to a club legend or does he wield the axe in the same ruthless way?

‘Does he, for that matter, take any notice of events at Arsenal and Manchester United, where Mikel Arteta and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer have come through sticky patches in what is the strangest of seasons?

‘If ever patience were needed in SW6, this might be the year.’

To make matters worse for Lampard, two of his big-money summer signings – Timo Werner and Kai Havertz – are going through difficult spells in west London.

Werner has not scored in the Premier League since November, while Havertz has been unable to cement a place in Lampard’s starting XI since his £72m move from Germany.

Smith added: ‘If that’s a cause for concern, so are the struggles of Timo Werner and Kai Havertz.

Chelsea summer signing Kai Havertz is struggling
Chelsea summer signing Kai Havertz is struggling (Picture: Getty)

‘To be fair, I’m sure Werner will soon start scoring again. At 24, with 35 caps for Germany, the striker is well equipped to clamber out of this slump.

‘Havertz is a little different. Clearly short on confidence, his cause hasn’t been helped by being moved about.

‘It seems Lampard can’t quite work out how best to fit the 21-year-old playmaker into Chelsea’s system.’

Chelsea face Luton Town in the fourth round of the FA Cup this weekend, before returning to Premier League action next Wednesday against Wolves.

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