Chelsea’s defender transfer plans rest on Antonio Rudiger and Andreas Christensen

Chelsea ’s plans to sign another centre-back in the January transfer window relies on Antonio Rudiger and Andreas Christensen.

The Blues are able to sign players once again after having their transfer ban lifted ahead of the upcoming window.

The team were tipped to struggle this season under new boss Frank Lampard after being slapped with the ban in the summer.

But the youngsters on the books at the club have flourished so far, helping the Blues to fourth in the Premier League at the midway point.

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The likes of Tammy Abraham, Mason Mount, and Fikayo Tomori have all stepped up to the mark to help cushion the blow of losing star man Eden Hazard to Real Madrid .

Lampard though is expected to do some business in January to give the squad a boost after a tough run of results.

The team have suffered poor home losses to West Ham, Bournemouth, and Southampton in recent weeks with their naivety being punished at times.

Chelsea are conceding far too many goals but Lampard’s desire for another centre-back relies in part on Rudiger’s fitness, coupled with Christensen’s willingness to fight for his place.

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Germany international Rudiger is arguably Chelsea’s best defender but he has only just returned to full fitness after a long injury lay-off.

Christensen has been in and out of the starting lineup with Tomori and Kurt Zouma often preferred to him.

Chelsea have not yet committed to activating their £40m buy-back option on Nathan Ake of Bournemouth but his defined price is regarded as good value at Stamford Bridge and his versatility, both technical and tactical, would make him an easy fit.

There is no doubt that the team are in a good position going into the New Year, however, and investment in the correct areas could be wise.

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