His old club was backed by a former Stamford Bridge favorite to be in the mix for the Premier League crown in May.
According to Frank Sinclair, who says the Blues can only get better under Frank Lampard, Chelsea are legitimate title contenders this season.
Lampard was sponsored to the tune of over £ 200 million ($263 million) going into his second season at Stamford Bridge, supervising an outstanding 2019-20 campaign that culminated in a fourth-place finish in the Premier League.
With Liverpool and Manchester City setting high expectations at the top of the table in recent years, Hakim Ziyech, Timo Werner, Kai Havertz, Ben Chilwell, Thiago Silva and Edouard Mendy were all drawn up over the summer to help improve Chelsea’s chances of being an elite force again.
Lampard’s new-look team is already starting to come together well, and after seven games, the Blues are just four points clear of the Premier League top, with a home meeting next Saturday against struggling Sheffield United.
From a 3-0 Champions League victory over Rennes in midweek, Chelsea will head into the fresh battle that saw them move top of Group E and extend their streak of consecutive clean sheets to five across all competitions.
Sinclair is adamant that his old club is going in the right direction, and sees a chance for them to recapture the crown of the Premier League with Liverpool’s reigning champions still forced to deal with Virgil van Dijk without long-term injury.
“I was very excited at first when Frank Lampard brought in a few new faces, but then you have the realization that it will take time for things to work out-particularly in an attacking context,” the former Blues defender told Ladbrokes.
You need to give them time for the team to calm down.
It’s pretty clear that they have done that in recent results, and I can only see Chelsea kicking on and being better over the season, and I think they can be real rivals for the title because there’s no excellent side for me.
The main team you have to try to overcome to win the title is definitely Liverpool, but with them losing Virgil van Dijk, I think it opens things up for a few sides to be interested in the title chase.
I think Chelsea is going to be in and about it; they’re just going to get better over the whole season, and they probably have the strongest attacking lines in the country for me-along with Liverpool.
“The more they get used to Frank playing under him, the better they get.”