Lampard admits Chelsea must sign striker after defeat at Newcastle

Tanya Simon
January 20, 2020

Chelsea manager Frank Lampard warned that his team can not always rely on striker Tammy Abraham for a steady supply of goals after watching Newcastle United take the spoils at St. James Park on Saturday. "I've never known anything quite like it over the last few weeks so we're due".

Isaac Hayden snatched a last-gasp victor for Newcastle after Chelsea had failed to make their dominance count in a dramatic defeat - their first in four games.

"Today was like a home game in how we performed on the pitch and if you don't score then you're always liable to a sucker punch and we got it. They defended with everything but we absolutely controlled it". We can't work anymore in training on finishing.

The average age of Chelsea's squad has been vastly reduced this season with Lampard turning to his academy and the club's loanees to replenish his squad after seeing his side suffer a summer ban on transfers.

Isaac Hayden's header earned the Magpies an unlikely win at St James' Park. "In terms of learning, we have all felt these games before, whether it's academy football, first-team football, Championship football, it happens", he concluded.

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And it is likely to force Bruce to move into the transfer market to bolster the left wing-back slot, on top of any potential deal for Inter Milan's Austria global midfielder Valentino Lazaro, whose agent was at St James' Park to watch a game which Newcastle won with a late goal from Isaac Hayden.

The Match of the Day pundit said they could have gone wider, adding: "What is evident to everyone is that they need that special player who can open a team like that up".

"I think they gave everything and I don't think I can complain about that too much at all".

"It's football, you have to get your head around it very quickly".

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