Former Chelsea striker Chris Sutton has used one hell of a metaphor when attempting to explain the task that Frank Lampard has on his hands at Stamford Bridge this season.
Lampard was given a baptism of fire upon his return to the Premier League, being defeated 4-0 by Manchester United in our opening fixture of the 2019/20 campaign.
The former Derby County manager will have been well aware of just how difficult a task he was taking when he signed along the dotted line on a return to his beloved Blues.
However, Sutton appears to think that Lampard’s mission of achieving success this season is nigh on impossible. Have a look at this metaphor he used, as reported by the BBC:
“It’s like going into an Olympic rowing final and being asked to compete in a dinghy. And you’ve lost your Steve Redgrave.”
That may be going a little bit overboard, with Chelsea’s squad only one key player weaker than last season, but we accept that the transfer ban has made life difficult for Lampard.
Sutton, and others, need to lower their expectations for us this season. As much as getting into the top four would be nice, this is a transitionary campaign. Whatever will be, will be.