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Frank Lampard has said that he will look to add to the Chelsea squad in January should he be given the funds to do so.
Chelsea are currently in the midst of a two-window transfer ban having broken FIFA regulations in regards to the signings of underage players.
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That means that there were no new additions during the summer, and as it stands, it will be the same in January. The Blues are currently appealing the sanction with CAS, though, and there may be hope that it will be reduced.
Should that be the case, Lampard has said he will look at new recruits. He explained, per The Telegraph: “Listen, I think as Chelsea we will always look to improve in windows if we can.
“If we’re allowed to and if the players we might look at are better or we feel are worth adding to the squad.”
Many predicted that it would be a struggle this campaign for the Blues when the ban was announced last year, but there has been a silver lining: the requirement to use younger players.
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Without any big-money transfers, the Stamford Bridge outfit have been forced to use those already at their disposal, and that has included a number of academy graduates. Mason Mount, Tammy Abraham and Fikayo Tomori have already contributed to the Blues’ run so far this season, with the team currently sitting in fourth place in the Premier League table and having won seven games in a row in all competitions.
When the Blues’ CAS appeal date was confirmed for November 20th, the reaction from the club’s supporters was rather surprising.
Usually, fans are always looking forward to who may join their club, but the south-west London team’s followers appeared to be against trying to have it overturned.
That, quite frankly, is a naive way of thinking. So far, the ban has turned out to be a blessing in disguise, yes, but in the long-run, Chelsea will need reinforcements in some areas, even as soon as January. Olivier Giroud and Michy Batshuayi are both being linked with a move away from Stamford Bridge, for example, and another striker would be needed to replace them as such.
The ability to sign new players does not mean that the squad will be overhauled.
But a couple of quality additions would boost Lampard and co’s ability to meet their objectives this term.
These comments from the 41-year-old boss may not be too popular with the supporters, but one or two top-quality additions would not go amiss.