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Chelsea’s transfer ban has been lifted by the Court of Arbitration for Sport, as the Blues can now make transfer signings in the January transfer window.
Chelsea have been linked with the likes of Wilfried Zaha, Jadon Sancho, Ben Chillwell and Erling Haaland among a host of targets, with Chelsea boss Frank Lampard reportedly being given a transfer chest of £150m.
Lampard has done well with the squad at his disposal and has given a good number of academy graduates a path into the first team and they have done well. But then, there’s still room for improvement in the Chelsea squad as the Blues seem to have lost steel in the past few games.
Meanwhile, former Chelsea striker Chris Sutton who had a brief spell at the club has warned Lampard not to splash the cash in the January transfer window, and has also urged the Chelsea legend to keep the core of this group of young players that have done well for themselves this season.
“As for a lot of managers, you spend and you spend it can put you under major pressure,” Sutton told Football.London.
“It has fallen beautifully for Frank. The hypothetical question was, if he did have money would Abraham etc. get their chance? I understand other Chelsea managers, the pressure is on.
“If the expectation is to challenge for a league title, we know the pressure managers are under because it has been a crazy season for sackings, then in that respect if you had the opportunity to buy an established international who has played at the highest level or should I give a player who has shown real promise in the development squad or out on loan?
“You would usually trust the tried and tested. This whole scenario has worked out. The fact that Abraham is in and a firm fixture, Mount a firm fixture, [Reece] James coming on, Tomori… these players are showing that they are young men but have shown the development in a short space of time to a level where you have to take them seriously on their own merits.
“So would you change that particular thought process and that model? The main thing, looking in, is to keep this group together, continuity is important, knowing each other, and then who knows.”