Glenn Hoddle believes Frank Lampard can win Chelsea the title, if the club gives Frank a free rein on transfers and doesn’t interfere.
Lampard has been unable to bring in new signings since arriving at Stamford Bridge last summer, due to Chelsea’s transfer ban.
The Blues legend has allowed youth to flourish, with the likes of Tammy Abraham, Mason Mount and Fikayo Tomori relishing the opportunity.
But former Chelsea boss Hoddle feels that this summer’s transfer window is where Lampard could really make his mark, now that the ban has been lifted.
Hoddle exclusively told ZapSportz’s Harry Harris, in Harry’s new book ‘The Boss: Chelsea managers from Ted Drake to Frank Lampard’, that he can see Lampard excel in the marketplace if Chelsea don’t interfere with his thinking.
Hoddle said: “When you look at the squad, you have to wonder what’s going on above him in terms of recruitment and, for me, I think that Frank needs a clear transfer policy to take his team forward.
“He’s getting it right on the training pitch, on the football side, but the next big phase for him will be how the club operate in the transfer market.
“If Frank gets the players he wants – not the players someone else wants – then he has an excellent chance, in two or three years’ time, of having the right squad and the right team to challenge for the Premier League title.”
Some clubs foist their own preferred players onto managers. That rarely works in the long term and can sometimes fatally undermine the tenure of successful coaches.
Even Chelsea’s most prolific silverware winner Jose Mourinho had Andriy Shevchenko thrust upon him. It led to conflict in the end and the manager’s exit.
Hoddle warns that Lampard must be given total freedom to buy the players of his choice, if he is to achieve success like others.
The former England boss continued: “Chelsea have to treat Frank exactly the way Liverpool treated Jurgen Klopp. Give him the time to rebuild, give him the players he wants.
“He needs a clearly defined pathway, a clear line of communication, which I don’t think has always been the case in the past.
“If I was a Chelsea fan, I would think that their team is in the right hands, as Frank is doing an excellent job under all the circumstances and there is a possibility the future will be bright.”
Chelsea sit 4th in the Premier League table, while all action is suspended under the current coronavirus pandemic. Hoddle thinks that 4th is great going by Lampard in his first top-flight season.
Glenn added: “I think Frank’s doing a great job, I really do. He only had one year at Derby and then took on a Chelsea job with all the extra pressure that comes with it. Frank was a legend at the club as a player and that brings even more extra pressure on you.
“It’s alright having a view now, but take us back to the start of the season and no one would have thought he would have done as well as he has done, with such a big rebuilding project ahead of him and without any ability to move into the transfer market.
“You would have said he’d do well to get Chelsea into the top 6 or even 7 under those circumstances. Sitting where he is now, I don’t think anyone would have anticipated that.
“Chelsea are in good hands, the way they are playing, the way Frank has brought on the young players, while he is learning all the time about management in the Premier League. Under all those considerations, he’s doing an amazing job.
“It was a shrewd move to bring in Jody Morris at Derby and then to take him with him to Chelsea. Together, they are making the team stronger and stronger. “
‘The Boss: Chelsea managers from Ted Drake to Frank Lampard’ is out now, written by Harry Harris. Foreword by Frank Lampard, introduction by Ivor Baddiel, preface by Glenn Hoddle. Published by Empire Publications.