Frank Lampard has admitted that his future at Chelsea would be questioned after a fifth defeat in eight.
Lampard’s Blues are nine points off the Premier League summit after a 2-0 defeat to Leicester on Tuesday night, with their hosts top of the table while his own team sit eighth – sandwiched between West Ham and Southampton.
That comes despite the club spending more than £200m on transfers in the summer, and with a title challenge looking a realistic aim little more than a month ago.
Since then, seven points from eight games have left them woefully short of form.
Asked about his future, Lampard told Sky Sports: “It’s not my decision, that’s something that will always be there. You always understand some things are beyond your control. Things you can control are going again, lifting the players and working hard. That, I can’t answer.
“It intensified for me a while ago – expectations at this club, right or wrong, are always high. I know we’re in a different position if you look at our squad today and the age in our squad, and look at the composition of our squad, it’s a new squad. I keep talking about transition, but when you perform like that it’s normal that people ask questions.”
Chelsea had been within touching distance of the top of the table before back-to-back defeats to Everton and Wolves sparked an alarming run of form, something Lampard himself admitted had left him taken aback in the space of just 40 days.