Arsenal legend Paul Merson believes Chelsea are still in the title race and Frank Lampard should be given time at Stamford Bridge.
Chelsea's recent form has seen them pick a single victory in their last six Premier League games, leaving them outside of the top six. Despite the recent struggles, Merson believes the Blues need back-to-back victories and will be back in contention for the title adding the club must have a plan that includes giving Lampard time.
"If Chelsea doesn't beat Fulham, should they sack Frank Lampard? It depends what Chelsea want this year. It's alright saying: 'Let's get rid of Frank' but who comes in? Do they go back in for Rafa Benitez? If you're going to bring in Andriy Shevchenko, what's the difference? It's the same as Lampard, he hasn't managed world-class players, and will need time," Merson wrote in his column.
"It's not like you can bring in a Carlo Ancelotti for a quick fix. Sooner or later, there has to be a plan at Chelsea. You can't spend £200m and think you're going to win the league, it doesn't work like that."
"Lampard did a great job last year, and it's the first time he has worked with world-class players. Give him a chance."
"A plan is to be realistic about where they expect to come this season: I would have probably said the plan was to stay in the top four - because they already made the top four not spending £200m last season - and probably be in the title race."
Lampard's men who are currently 9th on the log with 26 points will travel to Craven Cottage to take on Fulham on Saturday.
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