Chelsea are two thirds of the way through their first season under Frank Lampard’s guidance.
The Blues boss has made encouraging strides in his first year with his former club, having forged an identity of bright young talent mixed with experienced stars.
It’s not all gone to plan so far, with a Carabao Cup defeat against Manchester United at Stamford Bridge seeing them out of the competition early, but progression to the fifth round of the FA Cup and the Champions League knockout stages represents what would likely have been the targets at the start of the year.
If the Blues manage to hang onto a fourth-placed finish or higher this season in the league, it will have been a relatively successful year for Lampard – especially when transfers are taken into context.
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Apart from Mateo Kovacic making his loan permanent in the summer, Chelsea have added no new players under Lampard.
The manager joined while the club were heading into the first of their two-window transfer ban. However, when that ban was halved on appeal, he was hoping to add to the squad ahead of the run-in for the rest of the season.
Unfortunately for Chelsea, that did not happen, with links to Dries Mertens, Edinson Cavani and Moussa Dembele going quiet on transfer deadline day.
Which points to what could be a bumper summer window as Lampard gets his first real taste of the transfer market as a Premier League manager. Moves for Jadon Sancho and Ben Chilwell are apparently at the top of his list.
Chelsea are expected to be busy, both in the buying and selling markets, but where could they get a boost to bring in some vital funds?
There are already rumours that Lampard does not see Kepa Arrizabalaga as the long-term choice as Chelsea’s No.1, following a poor run of form. The Spanish keeper was dropped for their important clash…