Chelsea boss Frank Lampard has been told he needs to sign three players in the January window.
Chelsea manager Frank Lampard can secure a top four place in the Premier League he if makes the right signings in the January transfer window. That is the opinion of former England and Arsenal footballer Paul Merson.
The former attacking midfielder thinks Lampard has already made a great start with his young squad but the addition of three extra players could make the difference as to whether or not the club plays Champions League football next season.
Writing in his column for the Daily Star, Merson makes the case for Chelsea signing a striker, a centre-back and a left-back.
“They need a centre forward to take the load off Tammy Abraham for a start,” said Merson.
“He’s done brilliantly but you can’t rely on him alone for the rest of the season.
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“I think Olivier Giroud will go. He’s hardly played and isn’t getting any younger.
“So they will need to replace him.
“They might need a more experienced centre half if Antonio Rudiger isn’t going to be 100 per cent for the rest of the season – and they need a left back as well.”
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Abraham has been in fantastic form for the Blues this season and already has 13 goals in 23 appearances in all competitions.
While 33-year-old Giroud, whose contact is up in the summer, has only managed to find the back of the net once in seven games.
As for Rudiger, the 26-year-old recently returned from injury and was included in the Chelsea side that beat Lille 2-1 in their crucial Champions League group game, with the with win securing the club’s spot in the last 16.
However, the German is confident his injury problems are behind him and he can become a valuable member of Lampard’s side, especially given the fact that he is one of the more experienced defenders in the squad.
At the start of the season Lampard had to prepare to face two transfer windows without being able to sign players, however, that has now changed after the club’s ban was lifted on appeal.
It has been reported the Blues board have given their manger a war chest of £150million, of which a large part comes from the sale of Eden Hazard to Real Madrid in the summer.
After the Lille match Lampard spoke about the need for the club to sign a replacement for the Belgian, as he believe his squad is missing the goals and creativity the winger previously provided.
“I think it will be a bit fluid and discussions will be ongoing from now about where we can strengthen,” Lampard said after the game.
“Of course, with Eden leaving we lost a lot of goals and creation in that particular position.
“Today we’ve missed some chances and we can look at strengthening and pushing and getting more competition in those areas.”
Although, while Merson doesn’t think this current Chelsea side needs a major overhaul, he believes Lampard will still be looking for hardworking players in January.
“They don’t need major surgery,” continued Merson.
“I don’t think they will spend big. Frank Lampard was a hard-working player. He will only want to buy that type of player.
“He won’t want to be paying £80m for a superstar who just does enough in training and doesn’t pull his weight in matches.
“Chelsea’s kids have done well but there are times when they will need to be taken out of the team.
“Buy the right three players and I think they’re guaranteed to make the Champions League.”