Chelsea have agreed a £33.6m deal with Ajax for Hakim Ziyech and Frank Lampard’s plans for the 2020/21 Premier League season have become clear.
The Blues have struggled in recent weeks and could slip out of the top four with defeat against Tottenham on Saturday, but their manager knows where they need to improve.
Former Manchester United and Southampton defender Danny Higginbotham believes that the former England midfielder has done a remarkable job since joining from Derby in the summer, but he understands that his team needs to be more clinical.
“Lampard knows they must be more clinical and acted to sign Hakim Ziyech from Ajax for next season,” he wrote for The Sun.
“Not only was Lamps’ squad weaker, he has bedded in many exciting young English players who were in the Championship last year.
“From nowhere, Tammy Abraham, Mason Mount and Fikayo Tomori are around the Three Lions squad, with Reece James not far behind.
“Those four have 24 goals and nine assists between them so far this campaign.
“To successfully bed these players into a considerably weaker squad, and still be in with a great chance of a Champions League spot, is quite remarkable.
Frank Lampard’s Chelsea remain in pole position to finish fourth in the Premier League
“And if Chelsea are having a bad season under a new young manager, what does that say about the others?”
Lampard understands that his team need to produce a big performance at Stamford Bridge, and insisted that it is not a good time to play Spurs despite the injuries suffered by Harry Kane and Son Heung-min.
He said when asked if the timing of the clash if favourable: ”No I don’t think so. I think with Tottenham, they are on a good run of form.
“Clearly an incredible player like Harry Kane is a miss and now Son is a miss, but with Harry Kane it always amazed me the stats when [Mauricio] Pochettino was…