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Chelsea manager Frank Lampard has looked back to his playing days and has recalled the influence quality signings can have on a team.
Lampard saw the club make many top signings during his playing days, and he has revealed how he often looked forward to the signings. According to Lampard, he never found it negative.
“I never found it negative,” he recalled.
“I remember certain moments when the club make statement signings, like when Fernando Torres came to the club, and they were always exciting – they might not have been for the other centre-forwards!
“When you’re a player at a club and you want it to be successful and push and push, you do get excited by players coming in. On the flipside of that, if you are at centre-forward it has to drive you to react. I always think it’s healthy and par for the course at a club like Chelsea. You shouldn’t expect it to be any other way. It keeps you on your toes and that’s a good thing.”
Chelsea have been linked with a number of moves for players in the transfer market, and the Blues boss has confirmed that the club might make signings in January as the transfer ban has now been lifted.
Lampard also maintained that the new signings won’t have a negative effect on the Chelsea youngsters.
“If I start to look at where we can strengthen the squad, it’s not going to be a slight on any of the young players,” continued Lampard.
“We all here have seen what’s happened since the summer, the idea of going into the Academy and giving these boys a chance is a really good one because they deserve it. They haven’t been getting that so much in the past, and I do think we have changed our minds maybe a little bit on that one.
“All of them know I’m prepared to give them the chances and the opportunities if they train well and come in and play well. I haven’t needed to have that conversation with them about who may come in. They should naturally feel a little bit of tension all the time, which isn’t the worst thing, but they also just need to work and believe in their own talents.”