Alan Shearer says Chelsea’s failure to sign a new forward in the January window could cost them Champions League qualification.
Frank Lampard admitted that he wanted to add attacking reinforcements to his squad, with the Blues still fighting on three fronts.
Chelsea were linked with moves for Paris Saint-Germain striker Edinson Cavani, RB Leipzig’s Timo Werner and Napoli’s Dries Mertens.
But with Olivier Giroud failing to negotiate a move away from Stamford Bridge, the Blues decided to keep their chequebook closed.
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And former Newcastle striker Shearer believes Chelsea’s inactivity could be a big mistake, especially with top four rivals Manchester United moving for Odion Ighalo on deadline day.
“Just like Manchester United, Chelsea have been desperate for a new striker to take the pressure off their top scorer, Tammy Abraham,” the Match of the Day pundit told the Sun.
“They fought so hard to get the transfer ban lifted in time for the January window so it was puzzling that they didn’t make any big signings.
“You can completely understand Frank Lampard’s frustration the club did not bring anyone in — that was clear from his short and sharp press conference before Saturday’s draw at Leicester.”
Shearer also said Lampard should take all the credit if he secures a top four spot in his first season managing the Blues.
“If Chelsea go on to keep their place in the top four and secure Champions League football, it will be a huge achievement for Lampard given he won’t have signed anyone in his first year as manager,” he added.
“He is being helped by the likes of United, Tottenham and Arsenal having indifferent seasons.
“Although he does need to be wary of both Sheffield United and Wolves, who will fancy their chances of catching the Blues.”