Has the Lampard hype train ended at Chelsea?
Chelsea fell to another defeat on Saturday, as they lost one-nil away to Newcastle United, courtesy of a 94th minute goal from Isaac Hayden, potentially widening the gap to nine points off of the Top 3 in the Premier League.
This defeat means that Chelsea have now already lost eight games in the league this season, after just 23 games, which is as many as they suffered in the whole of last season.
Chelsea started the season off very well, apart from a humiliating four-nil defeat away to Manchester United, as they went on to pick up 26 points from the next 11 games.
However, they have slowed their progress down and have had some of their stars underperform at the most critical stage of the season, the winter period. From December, Chelsea have only picked up 14 points from nine games, a horrendous record considering some of the opponents they played were relegation favourites.
Whilst Chelsea were relying on their free flowing attack in the early parts of the season to make up for their shortcomings in defence - a prime example being their 5-2 win over Wolves - they are now finding it hard to score and are just conceding more and more goals. They have the joint-most goals conceded in the Top 7, shipping in a whopping 30 goals in 23 games. To put this in comparison, they only conceded 39 goals throughout the whole Premier League season last year.
One of their talismans this season, Tammy Abraham, has only scored two goals in his last eight league games, a horrible run of form when compared to the ten goals he scored in the 13 games beforehand.
To make matters worse, their performances have been rather timid and dreary as of late, and they aren't showing that youthful flair that was evident during the earlier stages of the season.
Whatever happens in the next few weeks and over the rest of the season, one thing is for certain: Frank Lampard is not going to have an easy end to the season.