Chelsea players ‘ready’ for competition from potential new signings

Christian Pulisic insists the Chelsea squad “will be ready” to face competition from new arrivals in the January transfer window.

Blues boss Frank Lampard was unable to strengthen his squad when he returned to Stamford Bridge in the summer, with FIFA handing the club a two-window transfer ban last February.

Yet he is now free to splash the cash in the winter market after the Court of Arbitration for Sport accepted their appeal to halve the embargo to one window last month.

As a result, Chelsea are now being linked with a number of top players in January, including Crystal Palace ace Wilfried Zaha and Borussia Dortmund star Jadon Sancho.

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And Pulisic has welcomed the idea of new faces arriving in west London now the transfer window is open once again.

“It is normal, teams look to improve and if players do come in there is competition,” he told the Evening Standard .

“That is how it goes, so we’ll be ready for that and hopefully we’ll have players that come in and want to help us.”

Wilfried Zaha is one of the players being linked with a January move to Stamford Bridge
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Reports suggest Chelsea are in the market for attackers in January as they aim to become more ruthless in front of goal under Lampard.

The latter was left fuming with his side’s performance away at Brighton on New Year’s Day, bemoaning their inability to kill the game in a frustrating 1-1 draw.

Cesar Azpilicueta gave the Blues liftoff after 10 minutes at the Amex, but Alireza Kahanbakhsh produced a stunning bicycle kick to earn Graham Potter’s men a share of the spoils with six minutes remaining.

Pulisic has welcomed the idea of new signings arriving in January
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“It was an incredible equaliser — but that was two points dropped,” Lampard said after the draw.

“If we had been ruthless in the first half, the game would have been out of…