What an unbelievably frustrating period the transfer window is.
It’s almost guaranteed to drive you mad.
Having missed out on all of the madness last summer thanks to a FIFA imposed transfer ban, Chelsea supporters have been inflicted with daily rumour about who the club may or may not be signing.
Supporters on social media have been frothing at the mouth as seemingly one opportunity to strengthen the squad has been spurned or usurped by a rival.
Even Frank Lampard seemed to echo these sentiments in his post-match comments after the win away to Hull City in the FA Cup last weekend.
“There’s no movement to speak of now,” he said. “My job, I suppose, the first part is work every day on the training ground with the players, can we get better, and to drive that. Then the other part is driving forward as a club to try and bring in players.
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“We lost part of that as a club last summer. Now, we need to for the short-term, to push for the top-four. It’s quite clear, I have a strong feeling about where we can improve personnel wise to take us forward, so for me it’s clear.”
As ever, Lampard was adept at staying on the right side of the line when airing his feelings about the club, but his thoughts are certainly open to interpretation.
Perhaps he is feeling the pressure of finishing in the top four? He has always said that he should be judged on his ability to keep the club challenging and competing.
Perhaps he was questioning the club’s ambition to match the spending on quality players that has defined the Roman Abramovich era?
Ultimately, club legend notwithstanding, Lampard will be judged on results and results recently have been decidedly inconsistent but weaknesses in the depth of the squad have been exposed and the limitations have been there for all to see.
For example: Emerson Palmieri…