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It was a disappointing January transfer window for Chelsea as the Blues failed to make any additions to the senior team, with Bryan Fiabema the only signing Chelsea made during the winter transfer window.
Meanwhile, Chelsea’s rivals Tottenham and Manchester United all added firepower to the team that will last them till another period of recruitment.
It’s quite obvious that Chelsea’s early season steam has gone down since the start of December, and Frank Lampard’s side has been struggling to see games through. A lot of the times, the lads have played well but have found it difficult to put the ball into the net, and all hopes to sign a quality striker in January proved abortive despite the links with Edinson Cavani and Dries Mertens.
Chelsea manager Frank Lampard has a huge task in his hand to guide the team to a top four finish, and a Champions League second round tie against German champions Bayern Munich indeed came too early.
Is there any way out for the Chelsea manager who looked a frustrated figure in his press conference after the end of the transfer window?
Lampard’s best bet to adding steam to the Chelsea attack right now is Ruben Loftus-Cheek. The 24-year-old has been out of action for nine months now, and it’s a huge task to put so much pressure on the young midfielder. We’ve seen how a long-term injury has also affected youngster Callum Hudson-Odoi who’s yet to reach his last season’s heights. However, if Loftus-Cheek can come close to his last season’s form prior to the injury, then Chelsea fans could be in for a treat.
After being recklessly benched by former boss Maurizio Sarri, Loftus-Cheek fought his way into the first team and became a regular, playing in an advanced midfield role and looked in the mould of Manchester City legend Yaya Toure. Strength, skills, pace, height are just some of the qualities of the young midfielder.
The Premier League is on a two-week winter break and Loftus-Cheek is stepping up his return from injury. He has now played his first unofficial game as he featured in a closed door friendly.
There’s no timeline yet for his return, but he could most likely return to match fitness by early March.
Ten goals and five assists in 40 games last season after fighting his way into the team, could just be the kind of goal threat Chelsea need in advanced midfield, and indeed the 24-year-old who has since committed his long-term future to the club can be like the January transfer signing Lampard never had.