Why Lampard would reject the opportunity to sign new players in the January transfer window

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Chelsea’s appeal against the transfer ban will be heard by the Court of Arbitration for Sport on November and the Blues are confident the transfer ban will be lifted.

According to former Chelsea striker Chris Sutton, Chelsea boss Frank Lampard would reject the opportunity to sign new players in the January transfer window if Chelsea’s ban was lifted.

Sutton believes a January signing might add confusion to Lampard’s brilliant work at Chelsea.

“The form that they are in now, why can’t they knock on the top of the league? The start they’ve had to the season has been incredible, to be where they are in such a short space of time,” Sutton told BBC Radio 5Live.

“If you offered Frank Lampard a transfer window in January, do you think he’d really want to buy? That may actually add to the confusion at Chelsea. That might kill the plan.

“It’s really working at Chelsea, they’ve ripped the rulebook up from other years, Frank is going in and bringing back the likes of Jody Morris, knowing how they’ve been nurtured, and they trust these players.

“The fact that they are now dipping into this well and we are seeing them rewarded with first-class performances, then you chuck in the big signing in Pulisic, who at the start wasn’t getting games, and his form at the moment is absolutely phenomenal.

“It’s going that well for Chelsea that I don’t think that Frank would really want the option of spending money because that’s when the pressure comes, that’s when managers are really judged, if they go out and spend £70m on a player and it doesn’t work out.

“Look at Arsenal with Nicolas Pepe at the moment, there’s question marks over that, so that may actually become a distraction for Frank that he doesn’t need.”

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