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Redknapp hits out at Chelsea transfer policy with 'kid in a candy shop' claim


Jamie Redknapp has slammed Chelsea’s transfer policy, branding akin to a ‘kid in a candy shop’.

It comes after the Blues continued their shoddy form in the Premier League following a 2-0 defeat to Leicester on Tuesday night.

Frank Lampard is under huge pressure as the sack looms over him.

The Foxes made light work of Chelsea at the King Power Stadium, going top of the Premier League with goals from Wilfred Ndidi and James Maddison.

The Londoners were resigned to a fifth league defeat in eight matches with the squad looking more disjointed than ever.

This was not what Roman Abramovich envisaged after splashing out over £220m on new players in the summer.



Chelsea boss Frank Lampard is under huge pressure at the Blues

But Redknapp has criticised Chelsea’s transfer policy, as well as the expensive imports for not doing enough.

He said on Sky Sports: “You bring in lots of new players, it’s like you’re a kid in a candy shop, you’ve got all the players but who do you pick and where do you play them?

“Players that come in from another country, you’re hoping they’re going to hit the ground running.

“[Kai] Havertz and [Timo] Werner just haven’t. They were two star signings, they’ve struggled.

“There are one or two things that I look at and this will upset Frank more than anything because he was as hard-working a player as I’ve ever seen.

“But one or two of them are a little bit soft.



Timo Werner has struggled at Chelsea

“You never want to be labelled a soft team, one that doesn’t run enough, that doesn’t work hard, win individual battles.

“That can boil down to confidence, but I look at that team right now and there are one or two of them that are just doing enough and they can’t just do enough playing for Chelsea.”

The Blues take on Luton Town next in the FA Cup on Sunday but it remains to be seen whether Lampard will be in charge or not.

There are options available to step in, such as Thomas Tuchel and Massimiliano Allegri, while Julian Nagelsmann has also been linked with the Stamford Bridge post.

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