Tuesday, January 25, 2022

Chelsea gaffer frustrated at slow and fruitless transfer activity


Frank Lampard is infuriated as the Blues are losing grip over their transfer targets.

Chelsea boss Frank Lampard is frustrated by the pace with which transfers are happening in his club at the moment. With 2 signings done and dusted, he expected the pace will continue. But it has slowed down with no significant improvements.

The former Derby County manager has remained bemused as his transfer targets eventually fade away, retreating back to their current clubs. Jan Oblak being the first, Dean Henderson being the second as well as Ben Chilwell being the third.

Because of the ban, Chelsea became a widely England-centric club. Almost every young prospect, except Billy Gilmour, came through the hierarchy representing the three lions.

Naturally, when Lampard came in, he did recognize the pattern and wanted to walk along the same path for youngsters. Though his first 2 signings are both foreign nationals, his focus still remains England, having played in the same team alongside then England captain John Terry.

England has a great future ahead

Delan Rice could join Chelsea

England has produced some absolute gems in recent years. Manchester United forward Marcus Rashford has been an inspiration on and off the field while a much younger Jadon Sancho has drawn comparison with Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo.

Sheffield United loanee goalkeeper Dean Henderson has endangered Pickford’s spot and the National team, while Declan Rice has ensured the Hammers stay alive in the Premier League. Needless to say, the Three Lions have a great future ahead.

Lampard wants a share of the pie too. Though he has young stars like Mount and Abraham, he wants Henderson, Rice as well as Chilwell – all Englishmen. But nothing materialized.

Chelsea transfers ‘up in the air’

Frank has been appreciated for a top 4 finish as well as 2 quickfire early transfers. But that’s about it. His relation with Chelsea’s No.1 has become quite inimical, but an imminent sale is still nowhere in the cards.

His ‘supposed’ replacements are Henderson and Oblak. Simeone remains calm, knowing the Blues cannot afford the Slovenian after Havertz’s transfer. Henderson, however, may want a way out, but Ole wants him back in the future, therefore a successive loan remains a possibility.

However, selling a very promising future No.1 to your rival is never good business. Manchester United know it. So does Lampard. That is where he is getting into lanes of paranoia as the exits and entries are not happening as quickly as he precedented it to be.

Secondly, Chelsea in struggling in prioritizing transfers. A £70-£80 million for the German wonder kid Kai Havertz will shut the door for any high-profile star between the sticks. As Manchester City confirms signing Nathan Ake and Ferran Torres, it will be interesting to see what Lampard does next.         


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