The Chelsea transfer dilemma Frank Lampard and Marina Granovskaia must solve in January

With the transfer ban lifted, Chelsea are looking to spend some money in January to boost their Premier League top four hopes.

One of the positions that Frank Lampard is keen to address is the forward line, and in particular his striker situation.

At present, Tammy Abraham, Olivier Giroud and Michy Batshuayi make up the number nine role, but that is set to change.

Firstly, there is Giroud, who has featured rarely for the Blues this season and wants a move in order to keep his spot in France’s Euro 2020 squad.

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The 33-year-old has made just two Premier League starts, with another three appearances off the bench, with Lampard under-using the striker.

Meanwhile, Batshuayi has been the back-up striker, however his performance against Nottingham Forest left a lot to be desired.

However, the Belgian has not made a league start and 12 appearances off the bench has resulted in just one goal.

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It leaves Lampard and chief negotiator Marina Granovskaia in a dilemma this month, as Lampard is keen on shifting his pack about but without leaving his squad short.

“There’s no update on Oli and my answer remains the same as it has done recently,” Lampard said.

“I’ve spoken with him. If the conditions are that it’s something Oli really wants to do and it works for the club and it works for me and the squad then it’s something that could happen. But only when all three of those bases are covered.”

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Lampard has a particular way of playing in mind, which is why Giroud has not had the playing time that he would have wanted.

The ability to press high up the pitch, leading the line and having the ability to run the channels and have the pace to stretch the opposition defence.

The issue that Lampard also has, is that Abraham is the starting striker and…


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