There is no question that this transfer window is already one of the most massive for Chelsea. They have already brought in the likes of Timo Werner (ST) and Hakim Ziyech (CM), and are closing in on Ben Chilwell (LB), Jose Gimenez (CB) and young phenom Kai Havertz (CM). Departures include Willian (RW) and Pedro (RW).
But what do these mean for the new lineup?
This is the one position that is still up in the air. With Kepa’s poor form and attitude, it is clear that Lampard will look to bring in a new keeper. Their number one target should be Nick Pope of Burnley FC. He is a solid shot-stopper and has shone for Burnley, making him a great fit for the Chelsea team. Other links include Andre Onana of Ajax and Jan Oblak of Atletico Madrid (his release clause, however, is $140 million).
Chelsea’s defensive line was abysmal in 2019/20, to say the least. They allowed as many goals as the team in 15th place, Brighton. With West Ham keen to hold on to Declan Rice, it is clear that Chelsea may have to look elsewhere. Although hampered by injuries, Jose Gimenez of Atletico Madrid is a young target who could aid the Chelsea back four.
In my mind, Rice is a better fit, and a bid of £80 million may be worth it in the long run, as his conservative playing style may be able to supplement Rudiger or Zouma and replace Christensen.
Ben Chilwell, the left back for Leicester, has been linked with the Blues for quite some time, and it appears that Lampard is finally close to securing the deal. With the addition, Chelsea will be able to move Azpilicueta to the right, and possibly bring in Reece James to start instead.
Chelsea’s midfield (with new signings) appears to be star-studded, with the likes of Kante, Havertz, Ziyech, and Pulisic all being a part for the 2020/21 season. The question then becomes whether Oliver Giroud can carry his amazing form into next season to force Lampard to play with 2 strikers up top.
If he slows down, however, it is likely that Timo Werner and Giroud will rotate as Chelsea’s lone striker, with Mason Mount at CAM or right wing.
For most of the 2019/20 campaign, Frank Lampard chose to utilize the 4-2-3-1 formation. With the addition of Werner up top and the loss of wingers Pedro and Willian, it is possible that Lampard will switch to a 4-1-3-2.
Pope (GK), Rudiger (CB), Gimenez (CB), Azpilicueta (RB), Chilwell (LB), Kante (CDM), Havertz (CAM), Pulisic (LW), Ziyech (RW), Werner (ST), Giroud (ST)
Lampard will still be hard at work this summer in preparation for next year, ensuring that his new recruits can seamlessly fit into his system. If they can, Chelsea will be extremely strong contenders for their third title since 2015.
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