Friday, October 18, 2019

"Chelsea only need one or two specific signings"

Frank Lampard's young Chelsea squad only need one or two 'specific' signings to take them to the next level, according to former Blues midfielder Gus Poyet.

A two-window transfer embargo has seen the Blues turn to their vast pool of youth products, with Tammy Abraham, Mason Mount and Fikayo Tomori, in particular, catching the eye as academy graduates strive to prove their worth in the Premier League.

Abraham currently tops the charts for goals scored this season, level with Manchester City's Sergio Aguero, while Mount's performances and the recent return of exciting winger Callum Hudson-Odoi have gone some way to easing the burden of losing Eden Hazard to Real Madrid.

A heavy 4-0 loss to Manchester United in their first league match of the season initially looked like cause for concern, but Lampard has overseen an upturn in results since then, playing some attractive football in the process.

In light of how things have played out, Poyet believes only minor tweaks are required to get the club challenging for top honours once again.

“I think Chelsea's start has been very strong,” the Uruguayan told Goal. “Lampard knew the club inside out and he knew the youngsters from his time at Derby, either from having them on loan or playing against them. It gave him extra experience going into the job.

“If an outsider arrived in the summer they might have thought 'there are too many youngsters', but Lampard knew what he was getting in to. Even after taking a big hit in losing to Man Utd, he stayed calm, he kept playing them.

“He knew that the team was going to get better, but I'm also sure he knows what he is still missing. In the next few transfer windows, he'll know exactly who he needs to buy. It won't be five players, it'll be something very specific.

“That's what the club needs to aim for. When clubs go into the transfer market and buy too many – look at what's being said about Man Utd – then there is something really wrong. If you need to buy five players, something is wrong.

“When you're able to just make one or two changes then you can get exactly what you're missing. Liverpool knew what they were going to get [with Virgil van Dijk]. If you don't do it like that it's a nightmare because you keep changing. What I see at Chelsea now, I like.”

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