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Frank Lampard has been proven correct on Nathan Ake transfer stance amid Man City deal

Chelsea have plenty of areas to improve upon this summer as Frank Lampard prepares his team to challenge for the Premier League next season.

Fixing the defence has to be towards the top of the to-do list, with the Blues conceding a total of 54 goals this season; that is the same amount as Brighton – who finished 15th – and it’s 21 more than first-placed Liverpool.

When such a weakness is apparent, the usual solution at the top of the English game is to throw money at the problem by investing in new defensive players, and that is why many are confused by the club’s lack of interest in Nathan Ake.

The Dutch centre-back used to be contracted to Chelsea before moving to Bournemouth. He’s since seemed a capable talent at the top level but the Cherries recently suffered relegation, which has allowed Manchester City to poach him for a fee in the region of £41m.

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The Blues have the option to match City’s bid due to a clause in the contract that took him from Stamford Bridge to the Vitality Stadium, but Lampard supposedly has no desire to sign him.

Considering Chelsea’s defensive record this season, some supporters are surprised but once analysing how they concede goals and how Ake performs, it becomes clear why Lampard is avoiding his signature.

Although 54 goals have been shipped, their defence, on the whole, has actually not been as bad as that number may suggest. Expected Goals – which can offer an insight into whether a team deserved to concede fewer or more goals based on the locations of their shots faced – captures the Blues in a positive light.

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They had been expected to concede just 38.2 times which is the fourth-best in the division, but they have actually shipped around 16 more.

That underperformance was mostly because of two things. Firstly, Kepa Arrizabalaga saved shots at a worse rate than any other goalkeeper in England’s top-flight by some…

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