Ex-Chelsea midfielderCraig Burley saysBrendan Rodgers is the best candidate for the top job at Stamford Bridgeahead of Massimiliano Allegri and Thomas Tuchel as pressure continues to build on Frank Lampard.
Chelsea spent big to secure deals forHakim Ziyech, Timo Werner, Kai Havertz, Ben Chilwelland Edouard Mendy in the summer transfer window, whilealso managing to pick up Brazilian defender Thiago Silva on a free transfer.
Unfortunately, only Silva has managed to live up to expectations in blueso far, with the rest of the new recruits all having struggled for form and fitness as Lampard has toiled in vain to find a winning formula.
A 2-0 defeat at Leicester on Tuesday saw Chelsea drop to eighth in the Premier League table, five points behind fourth-placed Liverpool having played a game more.
That reversal marked the west London outfit’s fifth loss in their last eight matches, and it has been suggested that Lampard could face the axe if he fails to oversee a swift turnaround in fortunes over the next few weeks.
Recently sacked PSG boss Tuchel and former Juventus tactician Allegri have both been strongly linked with his position, but Burley would prefer to see his old club turn to a man who has worked wonders at Leicester if they decide to make a change in the dugout.
“Allegri is known for pragmatism. There is nothing wrong with that, but Abramovich has always tried to get away from that. He had enough of it under Jose Mourinho,” The former Blues star told ESPN.
“I’m not a Thomas Tuchel fan. He’s done a decent job at Borussia Dortmund and PSG but I’m not on the Thomas Tuchel train.
“I look at Brendan Rodgers as, at least, the third best coach in the Premier League.
“Is there anybody better except Jurgen Klopp and Pep Guardiola? No, not even close.”
Rodgers guided Leicester to a fifth-place Premier League finish last term and they look like genuine title contenders this time around, with the likes of Jamie Vardy, James Maddison, Youri Tielemans and Harvey Barnes leading their charge.
The 47-year-old coached Chelsea’s academy side at the start of his managerial career before going onto to take in spells at Watford, Reading, Swansea, Liverpool and Celtic, with Burley of the opinion that he ticks all the right boxes to succeed Lampard at the Bridge.
“He’s also worked at Chelsea before with the younger kids,” he added.
Source : goal.com