Chelsea are set to win their appeal of a two window transfer ban and are confident that the ban will be reduced to just the one. Frank Lampard was denied the opportunity to sign any players in the summer window. He will be hoping that the court hearing appeal on November 20th will go in their favour.
The Blues were originally punished for breaking transfer regulations over academy players. But, the question is, if Chelsea were to win their appeal, should they attempt to bring players in January?
Lampard has trusted his faith in his youthful team and it has paid off with the Blues currently on a six win streak in the Premier League, and are currently comfortable in a top four spot. When he has selected a young player in his team, they don’t disappoint and evidence was when the Chelsea boss selected 18-year-old Reece James on Saturday. The full-back took the place of club captain Cesar Azpilicueta and was arguably one of the best players on the pitch. He had to deal with one of the trickiest wingers in the Premier League in Wilfried Zaha of Crystal Palace, and James matched the skilful winger for the 90 minutes.
However, Chelsea are still in three competitions where Lampard will have to rotate his squad when the fixtures pile up. Injuries and suspensions haven’t helped his team selections in recent weeks, so if the transfer ban was to be lifted, Lampard has already hinted that Roman Abramovich’s cheque book will come out again in January. In every window, Chelsea are linked with a number of players and already the club have been linked with some, even though the ban hasn’t been lifted yet.
The Lazio midfielder, who has been linked to Manchester United in recent windows, would be a strong addition to Lampard’s side. The 24-year-old 6ft 3in player helped Lazio win the Coppa Italia last season, and it has been rumoured that Lampard is a firm admirer of the Serbian international. The only question is, do Chelsea need to strengthen in the middle of midfield? The current players are performing at a high standard, with Matteo Kovavic and Jorginho having a strong partnership whilst N’Golo Kante out injured. Also, arguably Chelsea’s most influential attacking midfielder in Ruben Loftus-Cheek still hasn’t returned from his long injury lay-off and Chelsea fans would prefer to see him play instead of signing Milinkovic-Savic.
Lampard will already know there is loads more football to played from now until the end of the season, and does see Milinkovic-Savic as a strong addition to his current crop of players. He already has a lot of experience for a 24-year-old and would provide experience in vital games which will help the younger players at the club.
England’s first-choice left-back at the moment continues to get better and better the more he plays. His current side Leicester City are taking everyone by surprise and their strong start to the season has been rewarded where they are third in the League table, level on points with Chelsea.
Emerson returned to the side on the weekend and it was evident that Chelsea missed his defensive qualities in that position. Marcos Alonso has done a good job when he has been brought into the side, but isn’t good in a left-back role.
Chilwell has been linked with Chelsea since Lampard took the managerial role at Stamford Bridge, but most Chelsea fans would agree as to whether Chilwell is a better player than Emerson. Both full-backs are good at going forward and strong in the defensive phase. However, Lampard may be reluctant to let Alonso go and sign the English left-back to continue the strong English contingent at Chelsea football club. The signing of Chilwell will give Emerson strong competition and he could even push him for a first-team opportunity.
The Nineteen-year-old English superstar has already proven his worth at an elite level playing at Borussia Dortmund in the Bundesliga. As it so happens, Sancho is a Chelsea fan and would have looked up to players like Lampard when he was in his prime at Chelsea.
Alongside being close friends with another England youngster Callum Hudson-Odoi, the Blues are now employing a youth philosophy that might persuade Sancho to move to West London. Following the sales of Hazard and Alvaro Morata, Chelsea will have enough funds for a high profile purchase like Sancho.
Following recent weeks, it will be hard to fit Sancho in Lampard’s starting XI. The likes of Willian and Christian Pulisic- who was previously at Dortmund, have looked bright and been influential to Chelsea so far this season.
If Chelsea were to have Sancho and Hudson-Odoi on both flanks, with Pulisic in the number 10 role. The sound of that combination is an exciting one for the club as well an exciting one for the England national team. The Blues will have an abundance of English internationals within the side and will dominate Gareth Southgate’s squad at the Euros and the Qatar World Cup in 2022.
Already been on Chelsea’s books, the Dutch international has become a solid addition at Eddie Howe’s Bournemouth. It has been rumoured that Chelsea have a buy back obligation for £40m to take Ake back to Stamford Bridge.
However, Chelsea have four quality centre-half’s at the club and Kurt Zouma and Fikayo Tomori have a strong partnership which keeps on building game after game. Arguably Chelsea’s best centre-half is still on the side-lines, Antonio Rudiger and will surely play his part this season for Frank Lampard. Although Ake would be a strong acquisition to add, it just doesn’t seem right to sign a former Chelsea player and deny him minutes like his previous time at the club.
These are only a select few that Chelsea football club have been linked with for the upcoming transfer window. All will depend if the club win their appeal on November 20th, but at this current time, it is hard to see where on the field Lampard needs to strengthen.