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Chelsea midfielders Danny Drinkwater and Tiemoue Bakayoko left Stamford Bridge on loan this summer despite the club’s inability to sign new players due to the transfer ban.
According to Chelsea boss Frank Lampard, both players were allowed to leave the club on loan so they can get enough game time and meet the standards at Stamford Bridge.
Lampard said: “Danny has been here for two years and hadn’t played many games.
“He was eager for his own benefit, which I felt was good for us.
“Bakayoko similarly was here for one season, went on loan and going on loan again to try to bring himself back to where he wants to be.
“If you want to talk midfield players we have got Jorginho, Kovacic, Kante, Mount, Barkley, Reece James coming back from injury who can play in midfield, Andreas Christensen who can play in midfield, I have to make decisions on the squad as a whole, that is my job.”
Tammy Abraham is Lampard’s first choice striker after the 21 year old impressed while on loan at Aston Villa.
He has scored four goals in last two games for Chelsea and Lampard has praised his willingness to learn and improve.
“I’m delighted with Tammy,” claimed Lampard. “He has a really great attitude in training, a desire to score goals and his all-round game was really good as well.
“Myself and the staff are working closely with him on little bits of his game where I think he can be even better and he’s been very receptive to that.”