Pundit Stephen Warnock believes Chelsea’s recent signings might be struggling to adapt because of the ‘difficult’ pandemic we are currently in.

Hakim Ziyech, Timo Werner and Kai Havertz all featured in the 3-1 defeat to Man City yesterday.

Werner looked out of his depth up front, while Ziyech was singled out for criticism by Graeme Souness.

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The defeat revealed just how much Chelsea need to improve in order to become genuine title challengers.

It also put pressure on current boss Frank Lampard, who desperately needs some victories soon to turn their fortunes around.

Warnock has now revealed his take on the situation at Stamford Bridge. Speaking about the selection against Man City, he told Sky Sports: “I think what was disappointing for Chelsea fans yesterday was the fact there was no striker in the team. He put Timo Werner through the middle.

“For me he’s not a striker. He’s a left sided player, that’s where he always liked to play for RB Leipzig to come in off that left wing. He does it for Germany as well.

“He’s not a great link up player, he’s not great with his back to goal. So I think that [selection] frustrated Chelsea fans yesterday.”

Speaking about the summer signings, Warnock said: “Chelsea are obviously having a very tough time of late. Arguably the best player they’ve signed this year didn’t cost a penny, Thiago Silva.

“And you do get judged on your signings and how quickly they can adapt to situations.

“This is a very difficult time for players to settle in though. They can’t go out in the streets and wonder around to get to know their surroundings. They’re pretty much stuck in their rooms trying to protect themselves from Covid-19.

“It must be a very lonely time and a difficult time for them. However, players at different clubs have adapted to the situation.”

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