Chelsea Said To Be Targeting These Strikers In The January Window: Has Lampard Correctly Identified The Team’s Flaws?

According to a recent report by The Guardian, Premier League giants Chelsea, who recently had their two-window transfer ban cut short, are said be to be keen on making attacking additions to their side in the winter, especially considering that they’re still very much active in both the Champions League as well as the Premier League top-four race. Frank Lampard wasn’t overly happy with his team’s most recent performance against Lille, even though they ended up winning on the night.

The gaffer stated after the game that he was disappointed in his team’s inability to finish the game off in the second half, and has further gone on to hint that the attacking positions are where Chelsea could need reinforcements in January. Although a transfer budget in the region £150m is currently being discussed, Lampard reiterated that the Blues wouldn’t be making any signings just because the transfer ban has been lifted. That money would only be spent to suit the requirements. As suggested by the report, Jadon Sancho, Moussa Dembele, Wilfried Zaha, Timo Werner and Fedor Chalov are the five forwards the Blues are said to have their eyes on.

What Is Chelsea’s Current Premier League Situation?

Although Lampard’s men didn’t get off to the most inspiring start this campaign, they have certainly pulled up their socks somewhere along the way. The Blues currently sit in 4th place on the Premier League table, behind reigning champions Manchester City by a mere three points after 16 weeks of league action. However, the fact that Liverpool, on 46 points, are a whole 17 points ahead of the Blues, does mean that being involved in the title-race seems like a far-fetched dream.

The Blues’ performance levels have been quite high since the start of the campaign, and although they’ve shown signs of dropping off the pace on occasion, the general fluidity that Lampard has managed to generate remains. Their defeats against West Ham and Everton showed this Chelsea squad in the worst possible light, but their performances against the likes of Wolves and Ajax were the stuff of dreams for Chelsea fans.

Which Areas On The Pitch Should Lampard Focus On?

The most glaring concern is obviously in the left-back position, where the manager has often resorted to utilising right-back Cesar Azpilicueta. Although the Spaniard hasn’t done a half bad job, the presence of a natural left-back would make things a lot more effective on either end of the pitch.

The fact that Emerson and Marcos Alonso have been inconsistent could mean that left-back is the main area of concern. Other than that though, as Frank Lampard has claimed, it is in attack where the Blues could do with some back-up.

While Christian Pulisic and Willian have been exceptional so far, the fact that young Callum Hudson-Odoi and veteran Pedro are their other wing options is a massive concern. The addition of a top-quality winger, and maybe even a striker to provide Tammy with some competition, will also be on the back of Lampard’s mind. The Blues are currently going through a decent-ish run of form; wherein they’ve had to dig deep to churn out some results. It’s clear that Lampard has got his tactics right, whether he can also get his purchases right, remains to be seen.

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