Former Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur defender Jason Cundy has said that Rickie Lambert is “badly out of his depth” at Liverpool.
England international striker Lambert has scored just one goal and created only six chances in 16 Premier League appearances, while having a pass accuracy of 69% and a shot accuracy of 40%.
The 32-year-old, who joined Liverpool from Southampton in the summer transfer window for a reported fee of £4 million, struggled for playing time at the start of the season.
Lambert did briefly get more minutes and starts in November and December, but he has gone back to warming the substitutes’ bench (more or less).
Cundy, who believes that Liverpool need to sign a striker in the January transfer window, wrote in IBTimes UK: “Rickie Lambert is badly out of his depth at Anfield – he was bought to be Liverpool's answer to Didier Drogba, a big, experienced player who could come off the bench, hold the ball up and offer a different option, but it simply hasn't worked out for him.”
As harsh as Cundy’s words may sound, it is indeed true that Lambert does not like a player who can do great things for Liverpool.
The Englishman was signed in the summer to act as a back-up striker, but he has failed to do that. Perhaps Lambert would be gelled had Liverpool been flying high.