There was much hope and expectation for Chelsea fans when the transfer ban was reduced to just one window on December 6.
They went into January with the belief that Frank Lampard would be backed in the market to secure another Champions League place for the Blues.
However, with just hours to go until the calendar flipped over to February, the Blues were without a single incoming and with none expected on the horizon.
That hope and expectation has turned to frustration and, in some cases, anger.
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During Lampard’s press conference ahead of the Leicester City clash tomorrow, he stated that he wasn’t frustrated by what has happened. However, his body language said something different.
It was the shortest Lampard press conference, by far, and his short, sharp answers dealt with the issues of the transfers, or lack thereof.
“I wouldn’t say frustrating as I am very aware of how football is,” Lampard said. “Some things are not in my control. My first thought as always is what happens on the training pitch. It’s clear that we wanted to bring players in.
“I certainly wanted to bring players in. I think I’ve made that pretty clear over the last few weeks and it hasn’t happened.”
Lampard also stated through the window that, while he wanted a short term option, that he didn’t just want ‘knee-jerk’ signings.
The Blues boss wanted a forward to help Tammy Abraham finish off the chances and secure their spot inside the top four.
That hasn’t come to fruition and Lampard will have to make do with the current squad of players and what he can get out of them.
So for Marina Granovskaia and the Chelsea board, when the window slams shut their attention will turn to the summer and the moves they can make for next season.
Of course, the list of options…