Chelsea have made some big moves in this summer’s transfer window.
Hakim Ziyech was first to arrive from Ajax in a £33.4m deal that was agreed all the way back in February, while the Blues sealed Timo Werner’s signature ahead of Liverpool and Manchester United before the 2019/20 Bundesliga season concluded.
That is two big statements as both players will significantly improve and increase competition for places in attack as Frank Lampard’s side look to improve on a fourth-place finish in 2020/21.
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Attentions have now turned to Chelsea’s problem position.
Left-back has proven to be an issue for Lampard thus far as Emerson Palmieri and Cesar Azpilicueta were preferred to Marcos Alonso at times during the course of the 2019/20 campaign.
However, before and after the season was temporarily suspended because of the coronavirus pandemic, the Spaniard had forced his way back into the Blues head coach’s plans.
He scored in the 2-1 win against London rivals Tottenham Hotspur as well as netting a brace against Bournemouth to keep the west London outfit in the driving seat to seal a top-four finish.
And after lockdown he was a regular fixture in the side, playing in his favoured left-wing back role, and helped the Blues seal Champions League qualification as well as starting the FA Cup final defeat against Arsenal.
Although, Chelsea have been expected to bring in reinforcements at left-back long before the window officially opened.
As revealed by football.london earlier in the year, Leicester City’s Ben Chilwell has always been the club’s first-choice option, despite links to the likes of Porto’s Alex Telles and Ajax’s Nicolas Tagliafico.
With the west London outfit now closing in on a £50m deal for the defender, it was only a couple of months ago when it appeared that signing Chilwell had…