With Matchday 4 of the Premier League season done and dusted, the Blues do not look like they are capable of challenging for a top four finish this season. They have only won won game under Frank Lampard thus far, and that came against newly promoted Norwich City. With all due respect to the Canaries, one would expect a team which wants to challenge for a top four finish to comprehensively defeat them.
The Blues currently are playing like a mid-table side
The loss of Eden Hazard and inability of Lampard to bring in a direct replacement for the Belgian appears to have taken a toll on the club, not only in terms of creativity on the field, but also in terms of confidence. They are currently playing like a team which will finish in mid-table.
Lampard cannot be faulted for the current situation. He may lack managerial experience but not many managers would actually have done much better than him given the resources that he has.
One player who has so far shone for the Blues though is Tammy Abraham. The English youngster is one of the few things which Blues fans can celebrate so far this season. Many people underestimated Abraham ahead of this season due to his spell with Swansea who were then a Premier League during the 2017/18 season. He did not let the frustration of that spell get to him as he went on to spend last season on loan with Aston Villa and played a key role in guiding the Villains back to the Premier League for the first time since 2016.
Had it not been for the two window transfer ban inflicted on the Blues, Abraham may have still been with Villa this season. He has however so far exceeded expectations by scoring consecutive braces against Norwich and Sheffield United respectively.