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Chelsea boss eyes up January additions

Frank Lampard has openly admitted to wanting attacking reinforcements this January after losing Eden Hazard last summer as Chelsea are being linked to a host of players all across Europe.

Chelsea had stepped into a new era after the appointment of Frank Lampard. The Englishman and his assistant, Jody Morris, had decided to give youth a chance at last. The famed Chelsea academy graduates saw the light at the end of the tunnel. And a great start to the season seemed to have cemented the youth-driven policy.

However, a recent drop in form seems to have threatened the cause. Chelsea, with a Champions League spot at stake, seems to be falling back to their old habits. The January transfer window will prove to be an acid test for the club’s resolve with players from across Europe being linked to Stamford Bridge.

Dries Mertens on the Chelsea radar

The latest player to be linked with a move to London is Dries Mertens. According to French outlet Le 10 Sport, the Belgian international’s expiring contract seems to have stocked the club’s interest. With Frank Lampard still looking to replace Eden Hazard, Mertens could be the ideal stop-gap signing. Chelsea have also been linked to the likes of Sancho, Lemar, Moussa Dembele, and Gabriel Barbosa.

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Dries Mertens is apparently being considered by Frank Lampard’s Chelsea.
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Lampard a part of ‘joined-up’ transfer plan

Frank Lampard has also admitted that he is a fundamental part of Chelsea’s transfer plans. He is said to be working with Marina Granovskaia, Petr Cech and Scott McLachlan in enforcing the new plans.

“I know we haven’t done anything yet so there is no proof in that but we are joined up,” Lampard said. “I have very close conversations with Marina [Granovskaia, the director], Petr Cech [the technical and performance adviser] and Scott [McLachlan], who is the head of our recruitment department.”

“They know what I want and I will be fundamentally in the middle of who and what we bring into the club. As it stands we are very open about that. If it feels right from my side, on the footballing point, in January, and from the club side in January, then we will make the moves we make. It is a joined-up effort.”

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Both Frank Lampard and Jody Morris have been central to the new Chelsea philosophy.
Photo: We Ain’t Got No History

Author’s Take

Chelsea should stick with the current squad until next summer. The Blues have enough attacking depth with quality youngsters. However, the sale of Giroud could leave them short up top. But the club should be able to snap up the fourth Champions League spot thanks to the inconsistencies of United, Spurs, and Arsenal. Waiting for the summer window to improve the squad should be the modus operandi instead of buying for the sake of it in January.

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