Dries Mertens to Chelsea: The four ways Frank Lampard could use the Napoli forward

Chelsea are still looking for their first signing of the January transfer window and Dries Mertens could be that man.

Frank Lampard is keen on bringing in a forward to kill off matches like his side have been unable to do this season, and the 32-year-old could fit the bill.

The hard-working forward would be a useful addition to the Blues, adding his experience and goalscoring ability to the Blues.

The Belgian netted 16 Serie A goals last season, with another 18 the year before. His best season was 28 goals in the 2016/17 season, when Maurizio Sarri was the man in charge.

But how could Mertens line up at Chelsea if he was to be the latest signing?

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Mertens up top

Chelsea are still sweating on the fitness of Tammy Abraham and whether the winter break will provide enough time for him to be fit.

Olivier Giroud wants out of the club, while Michy Batshuayi is maybe not the back-up that Lampard is looking for.

Mertens could add as cover in that position for the Blues, somewhere that he has played several times for Napoli.

In that position he has scored nine goals for the Italian side the season and he certainly could add to the Blues’ options.

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Mertens on the right

The Napoli forward has the ability to play on the wings as well as through the middle, which gives Lampard a good option.

His preferred wing would be on the right, which would provide some cover and competition for Callum Hudson-Odoi, Willian, Pedro and Christian Pulisic.

The 32-year-old has a lot of experience off the right, and that could really add to the threat that the Blues have.

He is also more clinical than the players Lampard has in that position.

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